The Spring Career Fair (or Job Fair, or whatever) ar RIT happened last Wednesday, the 28th. This was the first job fair that I (and a good amount of my friends) attended. I forget how many companies were there, but according to the RIT co-op website, “over 2,000 of you attended, with 685 interviews the next day!”

I’m no math major, and while that’s a large amount of interviews, it translates to about 34% of students getting interviews; and that’s best case. That didn’t happen, because some people were able to get multiple interviews. I was lucky; I snagged two job interviews. More on that later.

The fair took place in the field house, with all manor of companies attending. Big-name companies such as Microsoft, nVidia, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, AMD, and Toyota (had to mention Toyota) as well as a lot of smaller, lesser-known companies. Most of the people at the booths were nice, friendly, pleasant people.

And then there was Microsoft.

I think I just had bad luck at that booth. The person I spoke had a very palpable “I’m better than you” manor about him, which really, really pissed me off. I like to think I’m not an angry person, but something like that really, to quote Peter Griffin, “grinds my gears.”

I don’t care who you are. The fact that you have a job at Microsoft does not make you better than me.

This event won’t, of course, stop me from applying to and trying to get a co-op or job at Microsoft; I just didn’t like one of the representatives they sent.

Oh, and on a side note, it’s kinda interesting which companies know what Computer Engineering is and which don’t. Most don’t realize we’re a CS and EE mix, some have never heard of us, and some believe we’re Information Technology majors. I don’t fault these people, and I realize that some of these companies are non-engineering firms. I just thought it was funny.

The interviews scheduled the next day were nice. The field house was converted from a bunch of booths with fancy decorations to…. a bunch of booths without fancy decorations. All the companies interviewing had their own table or two, and they called their interviewees up when the time came.

As I mentioned before, I had two interviews. These interviews were with a semiconductor firm in Rochester called Vivace Semiconductor, and my second interview was with the aerospace defense contractor Northrup Grumman. These weren’t technical interviews. The one with Vivace was simply a half-hour grilling of resume (What did you do working here, how was this course, explain this project). The interview with Northrup was a lot different; it was mostly praise for me for doing well in school and how it looked like I was a good fit for a position that they had opening sometime in the winter. Which was cool. I’m just thankful that the interviews weren’t technical. I probably would’ve cried.

Anyhow, that’s all I have for now. I meant to post this earlier after the job fair, but I didn’t have the chance (busy week). [

It’s week 4/10 here at RIT. What fun.

Sometimes life tosses you a few curveballs, and it’s fun to see where those balls take you.

That didn’t come out right.

Even so! Two major events in my college career have happened this week, week 3 of Spring Quarter, 20063. First, and most importantly, I was officially accepted into the Bachelors/Masters Dual Degree program here at RIT. This is a big event for me, since one of my major goals since I came to RIT was to gain admittance into that program. Getting in is a lovely sign that I’m doing at least one or two things right here during my academic career. Sure, classes are going to be harder from here on out, but what CE major isn’t used to that? It’s going to be a fun journey from this point on. And by fun, I am course referencing the varying degrees of mental pain I am bound to experience for the rest of my time here. Can’t wait.

The second big event that occurred is referenced in the title of this article. During last quarter, I applied for a co-op position at Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing (TEMA) North America. Initially, I was rejected for this position, and I moved on and applied to other co-ops. My journey with them did not end there, however. Today (or yesterday, more exactly. It’s currently about 1 AM) I received an e-mail from Human Resources at TEMA asking if I was still interested in an interview. I, of course, replied that I was, expecting to get a reply asking for a time I could do a phone interview, much like the Amazon reviews I went through.

This was not the case.

TEMA is flying me down to their plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, for an in-person interview with (I think) a group of people from TEMA. A group interview, which I have never experienced, and should be fun. Even so, I’m getting a free flight down to a state that I haven’t been to in a long, long time. I think I’m going to pick up a small, digital camera to take some pictures from down there, which I’ll post here as well as my Facebook profile, where anyone vaguely interested can view them.

I leave Friday, April 13th. Not the best of omens, but it should be a good experience either way.

Keep fighting the good fight, you really never know what’ll happen tomorrow.

God, that’s probably the most corny thing I’ve ever said.

I stand by it.

And a new quarter begins

March 13, 2007

This is one of the things that I find to be a negative of going to RIT for school. Pretty much everyone I know from back home is now currently on break, while I get to start the third quarter of classes here. It kinda sucks.

Also, does the first week suck for anyone else? Not in a “holycraptoomuchworki’mgoingtodie” type of suck (that’ll happen plenty later” but more of a “i’mboredclassesareboringwhattodowhattodo”. I’m in the second state of mind right now, but maybe that’s just me. I’m not a big fan of idling, but I guess I just need to enjoy it while it’s here.

I wish I had a more technical topic to talk about. That keeps me from progressing into any emo-type downward spiral of blogging with I plan to avoid like the plague. Oh, I’ve got one.

I’ve been working on a Mac recently and have noticed a bunch of differences between the Windows environment and the Mac OSX environment. Most of these changes are large, but they’re fairly easy to get used too. I’m actually enjoying a good amount of the functionality that the OS provides. It does seem to do a good deal of things in a more power-user type way, whereas Windows (in my eyes) seems to want to hold your hand most of the way.

Also, after working with the Solaris machines in the CS department for so long, I really can’t seem to function on a computer well without a terminal. I understand the Windows now has some “Powershell” type program, but I have yet to use it. I hear it’s functionality resembles that of the Bourne-Again shell, which is wonderful, but again, I haven’t had the chance to use it. Anyone who has, feel free to comment and tell me what it’s like.

The little thing that bugs me about the Mac is that it seems that almost all of the functionality of the “control” key in windows is switched to the “Apple” key on the Mac. Now, mind you, there still is a “Control” key on the standard Mac keyboard. I can’t really think of a good reason for this, other then that since OSX is UNIX based, utilizing the “Control” key could get a bit hairy (Especially with using “Ctrl C” to copy, which is the UNIX command to kill a running process, for those who don’t know).

Oh, and to my knowledge Macs don’t have a real “Lock Screen” ability like Windows. I do enjoy being able to hit “Window – L” on my Windows machine and locking the screen and leaving. That’s nice. I can’t seem to find an equivalent function on the Mac, which makes me a tad upset. All of the Linux distros I’ve used (Well… Ubuntu) and also Solaris have this, so why can’t the Mac? Although, it could be a little hidden function that I’m completely missing.

Anyhow, that’s all I really got. Passed the second Amazon interview, and now I get a third and final Phone Interview (It’s final, the e-mail I got even said “Final phone interview”) which is kinda exciting. Wish me luck.