WAVES Closing Celebration
Like all good things, this year’s WAVES workshop has come to a close. It’s been a packed ten weeks of software development, one-on-one mentorship, enriching enrichment seminars, and lively group get-togethers.
As we bid each other farewell and start our next chapters, we got together for a last time today to celebrate everyone’s hard work & achievement over the course of the workshop. We invited participants and mentors to submit gifs or memes that they felt represented their WAVES experience ahead of time. I threw them in a slide show and had everyone give a thirty second-ish explanation of their image & say anything else they wanted to to the group — followed, of course, by a hearty round of poetry-slam style snaps!
(This format actually worked surprisingly well — much better than the other formats of virtual socials we had tried out. I’d recommend giving something like this a go for anyone facilitating a virtual group or classroom this fall!)
Here’s a recap of some of the wholesome fun.
We’re all just making the most of a crazy situation and having some fun with it
Oh shoot I need a gif of my WAVES experience hold on
My crowning achievement is becoming a Slack emoji.
No explanation needed
Sometimes I thought the code was going to be the death of me, but in the end we made something awesome and I had a great time doing it! :^)
At times, it felt like either Empirical or C++ would always be there to be like “nope, not today!”
🔗 Diane Blackwood
Sometimes I feel like my brain twinkling on and off all over the place, all with so much new information and perspective.
My mentors (Emily and Alex) are the awesomest people on earth — they encouraged me and helped me even when I was an absolute potato at C++!!
All three of my mentees managed to wrap up their projects exactly on time; this may look like good planning on my part (and I was ready to step in if needed!), but they deserve all of the actual credit
This describes how I felt while transcribing multiple hours of case study interview audio!
Watching the workshop turn from a PDF of a bazillion applications to a bunch of super-awesome people doing super-awesome things has been like seeing Frankenstein’s monster come alive!
WAVES is the soap
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coming in and looking at the emperical library that was in almost all c++ was a little overwhelming so this is how i felt when i finally started putting things together and was able to understand how other peoples projects and pieces of the library worked
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Once you dive into Empirical, your life is forever changed!
My brain during the WAVES workshop, I learned a lot!
the following meme represents my experience during waves, because the three-line code using standard library beats my >100-line code in terms of performance!
These iconic, indecipherable C++ error messages have become a very memorable part of my summer project experience, and I’m grateful to have gained many C++ and programming skills and to have met so many wonderful people through WAVES!
🔗 Thank You!
Thank you to all of our participants and mentors for bringing your talent and energy to the workshop. It really has been a great experience getting to work with you all. Hat tip, in particular, to our fearless PI’s: Dr. Rob Pennock and Dr. Charles Ofria.
If you’d like to share the love (& top-quality memes/gifs) around, hop into the conversation here!
10wk WAVES software workshop wraps up today🥂😭— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) July 31, 2020
at farewell send-off everyone shared a gif/meme summary of their summer
our wholesome annotated trove of gems👇https://t.co/NmXxNaFnb1
PS for those running virtual classrooms&groups, this social format worked surprisingly well pic.twitter.com/uE9QRunux4