22 April 2010

Yahooooooooooooooo! and Pony Tail.

Last Saturday, in the morning, I received an email from a bachelor student – asking whether I am offering the course I did last summer. I didn’t reply immediately.

In the afternoon, an email from another student. And I started wondering!

On Sunday morning, I had an email from Professor, asking whether I wanted to offer the course. It seems he also received a few emails requesting my course.

Sunday being a busy day for me, I couldn’t do anything about it. I just said, I would LOVE to… for I love teaching.

We did the paperwork to get the course approved – on Monday; and published the details on the webpage – on Tuesday.

Now a word about it. The course is “Python for fine Programmers”, a simplistic course. An elective course. No one needs to take it, and it won’t fill anyone’s credit requirements.

And still, I have 12 students… and only two of them are there for credits. The rest came because they want to learn, they heard about me.  (And it is going to be some work.)

  • Preparing the lecture (material + presentation)
  • Finding out reasonable problems. I want a new set of them… no reusing of last years problems
  • Solving and coding them before I give them to students
  • Evaluating the code they all submit. (12 evaluations could take quite some time)

I went to professor to report and he told me “Sandeep, you’ve become famous. Students are asking specifically for your course”.

Isn’t it great? What more can I ask for?

And another dream is coming true as well – I’ve always taught Algorithms/Programming kind of courses. This semester, I am tutoring Theoretical Computer Science – the core thing. Yaaaaaaaaaaay!

Hailing from a small normal village in Kerala, I am offering a course in one of the BEST universities in Germany (Europe). I feel good, very good indeed. :) :)

As the icing of the cake, now, I may even look like a solid geeky, useless, crazy, academic, for I have a little pony tail – very short indeed.

Now, to add the rough edge to it, I am going to get something next week. And something else the week after that.

I’m all excited! Yahooooooooooooo! Juhuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Signing off, Sands.

PS: And pony tail reminds me of Tony. He’s getting married in less than 2 weeks from now! Happy for him. :)


Anonymous said...

Wow...!! :) (Really Wow!! )

Congrats... The excitement is very much captured by the post. We (I?) feel it.. :)


Sakeeb said...

Thats great Sandeep. way to go.!

Anonymous said...

Great news... Congratulations... Remember, with great powers come great responsibilities... :)


Jon said...

I am turning green with envy...

Congrats man... Hope you get a hot female student too :P..

I mistook from the title that this post is going to be something on Yahoo!!

Arun said...

Well done dude...I dont think i can tease you with 'Prof.Sadanandan' anymore :)...

Anonymous said...

Congrats Sandeep. Thanks for sharing your happiness - you have put it nicely.
Another reader :-)

Anonymous said...

Very happy to hear this, Sandeep!

By the way, is this enthusiasm a pointer to a future career move - like Dinil, will I see you as a Professor at the IIT or some other place?


Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@ Vivek

:) thanks

@ Sakeeb...

:) :)

@ Anonymous 1

Yeah, means a lot of work and have to be a goood teacher.

@ Jon

That's the only disappointment.. I don't have even one! :(

@ Arun...

Poda poda... :)

@ The other reader..

thanks :-)

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@ Sir..

No idea sir.
I am just floating, at the moment..

Shall send you an email one of these days! :-)

Smita said...

oh! WOW!!! Congrats :)

Should we say dream come true?? :)

Good Luck :)

Jon said...

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