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A VERY BELATED YEAR IN REVIEW

 

My first year of graduate school was a blur: so much learning, so many new and brilliant friends and teachers, getting situated in New York, learning to drive, learning to cook (better), traveling to new places, practicing a ton of Spanish. Ever since my last day of school, I’ve been wanting to take stock of this crazy, wonderful, stressful, beautiful year. Of course, it’s taken me until now, one week before the NEW semester starts, to get all my thoughts together. I’m sure that I’m missing some things, but here’s my year in review:



SKILLS I ACQUIRED THIS YEAR:
-How to use a laser cutter

-How to solder

-How to use an Arduino and pick components for projects

-How to build DIY plate switches

-How to make a goddamn circuit

-How to print custom circuit boards I had designed

-How to put my projects in enclosures

-How to ask for help all the time


SOFTWARE AND PROGRAMS I LEARNED HOW TO USE THIS YEAR

-Adobe XD

-Adobe Illustrator

-Adobe AfterEffects

-Adobe Audition

-Eagle

-p5.js

-Arduino IDE

-DragonFrame


SOFTWARE AND PROGRAMS I AM STILL LEARNING

-Unity

-Blender

-SparkAR

-JavaScript

-Raspberry Pi


MY FAVORITE THINGS TO WORK WITH

-The ATTiny85

-NeoPixels

-Cardboard



PLACES I WORKED:

-The ITP Shop

-Adobe (!!!)

-Freelancing for personal website design


PODCASTS I STARTED LISTENING TO

-My Favorite Murder

-The Quibbler

-Criminal

-Twenty Thousand Hertz

-Wireframe


PLACES I VISITED

-Ecuador (Quito, Naranjal, Guayaquil)

-Italy (Tuscany + surrounds)

-San Jose

-Rural Pennsylvania

-Toronto, my shining star, my favorite place.


BOOKS I READ

-Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeywell

-The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

-I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arcenaux

-Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

-All The Names They Used For God by Anjali Sachdeva

-On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

-The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang

-The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

-Love Medicine by Louise Erdich

-I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

-Bad Blood by John Carreyrou


A huge thank you to everyone at ITP who shared time, smiles, food, stressed-out rants, and their absolute brilliance with me this year. I am so lucky to be here.

 
Caroline NeelComment