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The End of BVW

Reflection

The end of the semester comes with a lot of reflection.  In working on BVW, there are things I wish I had done differently – at times, I admit I could became too cranky or too pushy when brainstorming sessions were going long.  At other times, I think I allowed my own ideas to take a backseat, even if they were the best ideas.  Either way, I had a blast working with the people on my teams, and I think we made some pretty great stuff.  I’ll give a special shout-out to my “My Name is Joseph” team – at 11:00 on Monday night October 30th, an hour before the deadline, our build wasn’t working.  At 10:00 this past Wednesday, we completed the showcase of our game in festival, turning an orange-and-yellow office into a dark forest in the process.  Somehow it all came together.  And it is a memory I’ll always be grateful for.  Thanks folks.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Wan

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The West Coast

Early this month, I spent a week on West Coast, visiting some pretty incredible companies (and thus fulfilling some childhood dreams) and taking in the majestic aesthetics of LA and San Francisco. There is a sense of wonder when you walk around the colors of Disneyland or the tranquil peace of the San Francisco Bay. We should all be making an effort to appreciate nature when it is around us.

But more than that, I’ve spent the time surrounded by amazing people.

An alumnus I spoke to in San Francisco said that the friends he met at the ETC are people that will be friends for life. And I surely hope that that holds true for us. Being around y’all gives me a sense of peace and hope. More than anything, I like to think that we all feel alive when we’re around each other.

This group is special. Here’s to a wonderful week and to a wonderful future. Thank you, ETC Class of 2019!