Mid-term plans

I am just about ready to go back to school. I don’t want to teach yet
and I definitely don’t want to go into the industry. If I get accepted
by UToronto, I will happily take up an HCI degree there. If I don’t
get accepted (waaah), then I’ll resume my long-postponed MA Education
(Information Technology Integration) and just have _fun_ studying.

I’m really, really, really looking forward to going back to school again.

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Hi Sacha,

I just talked to the grad office. They were waiting for me to give my
approval, oops. :) An offer letter should be going out to you shortly.

Mark

Mark Chignell wants me there by mid-May!

We will have a watermelon party later. Yay yay yay yay yay!

E-Mail from Mark Chignell

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Difficult choices

UToronto is offering me admission.
An interesting startup is recruiting me.
Choices are always difficult.

I would like to defer my U of T admission a few months—a sem at
most—and try out the startup. Having my cake and eating it too. I’m
excited about the opportunities. I want to learn about the business
side of things. I want to see a startup try to get all the way to
shipping a product. I’m looking forward to picking their brains.
Lawrence and Luis have worked on other startups before, and they’ve
been quite successful. I want to learn why. I also want to put
together a little investment kitty I can use for myself in the future.
I think the business experience will enrich my research work and make
me even more valuable to the department.

I was going to post a long entry thinking through some other factors,
but posting it as I had originally written it would be doing a grave
disservice to my mother. Initially I was frustrated by her lack of
enthusiasm and her skepticism (although not straight disapproval).
Silly me, of course! Not only is my mom a very savvy business person
who’s just reminding me to do due diligence (and indeed I will e-mail
the former companies of the guys heading the startup), but she’s also
my mom, and although she’s not entirely keen on the idea of my being
away, she knows it’s a selfish feeling and won’t let that stop me from
going.

Conclusion: I have an ubercool mom who is handling all of these things
far, far better than other moms can be expected to.

I really, really love her.

So I’ll check this thing out. If the guys pass whatever tests I can
think of _and_ the UToronto people say OK, then I’ll sign up with them
for a stint. If not, I’ll head over to Canada so that I can get
started right away and come home soon.

I lurv my mom.

1匹の猫を別とすれば家は空っぽだった。 The house was empty except for a cat.

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

> Congratulations!
> Is there a good time for us to talk?
>> Hi Mark,
>> For your information. We will issue an admission offer to Sandra.
>> Please let us know if she is joining us in May, or in September.
>>> Hi Brenda, This is just to advise you that the A&P Committee has
>>> approved Sandra Chua's admission to the M.A.Sc. program.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

E-Mail from Mark Chignell

イヌとは対照的に、ネコはごく最近になって飼いならされたものである。 In contrast to the dog, the cat has become domesticated only in recent times.

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I can move in after office hours

Yay! I don’t have to worry about not being able to make it to office
hours! I can move into the Graduate House in the evening!

That’s a relief. Now I just need to get that darn visa and sort the
rest of the stuff out…

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コンピューター業界は景気がいい。 The computer industry is enjoying a boom.

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GOT MY VISA! Despedida details

The Canadian Embassy approved my student visa! I’m really going to go
to Canada on July 15, 2005! Yay!

I’ll be holding my despedida and advanced birthday party on July 9,
2005 (Saturday). Sorry about the short notice, but it was so hard to
plan anything not knowing if I’d actually be leaving.

Sacha’s 22nd birthday party and 2nd despedida

Date July 9, 2005
Time 1 – 5 PM, program starts at 3
Place See map below, or go to my house first for directions
Attire Casual. Geeky, if you can manage it

http://www.adphoto.com.ph/uploads/Main/map.gif

Don’t bring gifts. My baggage allowance is too small. ;) I would,
however, really really appreciate it if you could write me a letter
telling me what you’ve been up to this last year (or last N years,
depending on when we last talked). We’re also going to talk about our
plans for the next two years, so spend some time thinking about your
two-year plan (what you want to do) and be prepared to share it with
everyone in a speech of maybe a minute or two.

Come and hang out. I want to know what you’re interested in, and I
want you to get to meet other people I know just in case you find that
you’ve got similar interests and goals.

Light snacks will be served.

This is pretty much an open party, so if you know people who know me
and don’t mind talking about their goals and giving advice or whatever
for about a minute or two, drag them along. =)

COME!

そのコンピュータは最新式だ。 The computer is up to date.

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