Hi! I’m George
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Being an engineer, I always think in terms of tradeoffs: speed vs accuracy, efficiency vs simplicity, maintanability vs urgency; the list goes on. So now that I’m approaching the end of my Bachelor’s in Computer Science at EPFL I started reflecting on what I gained during my time here and if, after all, it was worth it.
What was it that made studying abroad such a good decision? Was it the level of studies? The professors? The infrastructure? Or maybe the study plan?
I figured that it was a combination of all the above but not just that. What made this so worth it was the team. During my studies I got to work on many (and I mean many!) projects, either by myself or as part of a group. Sometimes I was the leader, sometimes I was following by example but every single time I earned something new, something that no university course could ever teach. For every colleague that didn’t want to do his part, I got to learn how to understand why he doesn’t work and bring the best out of him. For every disfunctional team, I learned how to set short and achievable deadlines to set everybody on the same pace and achieve stability. I understood that every team is different and I need to adapt and give 100% before asking anyone else to commit.
This day, you can learn anything online: I didn’t have to go to EPFL to learn how to code in java or how to use the latest deep learning API. Personally, I would do it all again just for the experience and the fun of working in a team.