What I'm Thinking

Wawel Castle
The courtyard of Wawel Castle in Kraków.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been traveling around Poland. I flew from Brussels to Kraków on Wednesday, May 30, and stayed there for an entire week. After that, I visited Wrocław for six nights, and Warsaw for five nights. Finally, I stopped by Toruń for one night and Gdańsk for two nights.

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Me on the IAmsterdam sign

A quick update: three weeks ago, I graduated from college. I did the ceremonies, took some pictures with family, and after four years of college I finally left Champaign-Urbana. To celebrate, I planned a trip around most of the European continent for the summer.

On Wednesday, May 16, I flew into Amsterdam to start the trip. In the following two weeks, I’ve also travelled to Noordwijk aan Zee, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Antwerp, and Ghent.

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It’s finally happening! After this week, I will have wrapped up four years of college to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During my college career, I’ve learned a lot about myself and my interests, and overall I’m pretty happy about it. However, I wish that I was given some advice back before freshman year. So with the knowledge and experience that I have four years later, here are the things I would tell my freshman-year self.

The advice here is mainly tailored toward computer science students, but I think they’re still generally applicable to all incoming freshmen.

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The results for the 6th Stellar Build Challenge have been announced, and my project has earned an honorable mention!

A quick summary for those who don’t know what the Stellar Build Challenge is: the SBC is a development competition held every couple of months. Developers build or improve projects related to Stellar over the timespan of about a month. Submissions can include libraries, applications, and tokens on the Stellar network.

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I’m not gonna lie, the last two months were brutal. However, I expanded my holdings and dollar-cost averaged my way down with the market. Right now, I am mostly content with the coins I’m holding, and I believe that all of them have a great chance of recovering their prices. After all, simply hodling won’t cut it in this bear market—I had to make sure that what I put my money in is fundamentally solid.

The proportions are based on fiat value as of April 6.

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