It was a nice feeling to have a couple of days with no lectures and no work to do before semester two kicked off, restarting the cycle of lectures, revision, coursework and exams. The timetabling has not worked out brilliantly for us though. With a 9am lecture every day but Wednesday (and that starts at 10am) there will be no week day lie ins this semester.
Having learnt the basic mathematics last semester, this semester’s modules focus on applying this to real-world computing problems like designing efficient algorithms and reducing the number of bugs. There are also more programming languages being added in like Unix and C++. We have started to explore the inner workings and architecture of the computer. All of this is designed to help us progress as programmers.
It is not just the academics that are ramping up. The clubs and societies are getting into tournament season with BUCS looming ahead. Having spent four months together the team dynamics are really starting to show. The women’s rugby team are enjoying a very successful season so far. As the only undefeated team in our league we remain at the top of the table! Just yesterday we played the University of Wales (Newport) and came away with a very convincing 60-0 win. You can follow our season on the BUCS webpage.
Canoe polo is also enjoying a successful season. With tournaments across the country and many more to look forward to our start to the season is looking promising. We are currently 2nd in the regional division three league and both Mens A and the Ladies teams reached the semi finals of the tournament in Bristol on Saturday. The ladies team were playing in a league of ladies and Mens B mixed teams so we were very pleased with this result.
Whilst the rest of the country was covered in snow, Southampton just had the freezing cold weather. Rugby matches were cancelled due to frozen pitches and even the walk to lectures was enough to chill you to the bone… but life goes on!