The Thesis Experience, Part 0: Before The Prologue

I haven’t posted anything for a while, mostly because I’ve been busy with going through the exams for my last 2 subjects in order to get my diploma. I’m still quite busy, considering this Thursday I’m sitting the GRE examination, a requirement for most post-graduate programs in the US. However, I wanted to get this up as a prologue to a series of posts I’ll be making after this Thursday.

As I wrap-up the final pieces of code (21,000 lines and still counting) of my thesis, and work out the paper that will go with it, I’m going through an almost moving process. The whole experience of how the idea of the thesis came up, how I started working on it by reworking an almost irrelevant tool I had made for a game I was playing at the time, all the things I’ve learned while doing it, the long nights and early mornings, the restlessness in bed as ideas were hitting me even in my sleep, the notebook I was keeping on the fluffy bear I use as a bedstand that is filled with notes.

It’s been an amazing experience, the apogee of everything I’ve done during these 5 years in the Computer Engineering department of the University of Patras. It’s the experience that erased whatever doubts I had left. I now know that I wouldn’t rather be doing anything else than this.

The Thesis Experience series will be starting soon, and I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions and stories on each part of the process as well. If you have any related series or posts in your blogs about how your thesis came together, I’ll be happy to link to them and even reblog the best of them.