Summary of 2011 and New Year’s Resolution

This year is approaching to its end at such a high speed that, before I realize it, there’re barely ten days left. It has been a busy and fruitful year for me. And it started quite well, too. I believe it’s beneficial to summarize what has happened so far at this point, now that I’m waiting to go back home and enjoy my winter vacation in one and a half hours.

It began with the confirmation of being in love with my lovely girlfriend in the beginning of this year (or rather end of last year). It was hard to keep this relationship especially most of the time we are thousands of kilometers apart from each other. We have had problems and had argued and blamed each other. Luckily we went through those hard times. Now although she is still two hour’s flight away from me, we are making some progress. The progress reflects of course not only in the distance, but also in the expectations towards and understandings between us. I’d say to myself: “you’re not doing perfectly, but not terribly either. Keep improving.”

This year also marks the beginning of my career. I was fortunate enough to get position at Ericsson to do my thesis and be offered a contract when I was finalizing the thesis work. The work was not perfect neither, to be frank. I’m not gonna lie to myself, but I wished I were treated equally when doing my thesis, for example, it would have improved my moral a lot if I had been offered a salary for my thesis work. And it would definitely help a lot if my work gets fully and really appreciated. I understand it was the problem of both others and myself; I was not doing my best. I should have done a better job by not caring too much about what others do and think. Anyway in all I think this is a good start of my career despite of some of the downsides.

I finished my thesis in time and got my master’s degrees — a degree from Aalto and one from KTH. It’s not so difficult to get two, but people are often amazed at the fact.

I also did something ‘crazy’ — cycling for around 1,000 kilometers from Espoo to Rovaniemi, a town in the arctic circle. Looking back, it was not difficult, but I was glad that I did it. Though many others are surprised at that, I do not see the meaning of doing that. — “But why do one has to bother the meaning of doing something?” I also tried to put on some weight and succeeded. I went to the gym for around two months with a colleague and successfully gained around five kilograms. I guess that was the first time when my weight has exceeded 120.

Looking forward, I have a few resolutions:

First of all, getting myself heard. This involves not only improving my english and language skills, but also expressing my feelings. I need to convey my ideas, my emotions, and my interests to others, so that hopefully they will see to it that I’m no longer ignored. I have also set some concrete goals for the next year: 1) talk to at least five persons face to face each day. 2) Get some publications and patent approved. 3) Pass at least two Ericsson’s internal certifications.

Secondly, improve my professional competence. I’ve targeted my competence as efficient and quick programming, especially in networking protocols. I also need to recap the complicated but efficient data structures and algorithms.

Thirdly, take good care of my physical and psychological health. I should resume going to the gym.

Last but not least, giving more time to the ones I love — my family and my friends. They’re one of the most important things in one’s life, if not THE one.

I shall keep all the determinations in mind and come back to them regularly, and monitor the progress of executing all these tasks.

新年好

越长大,越觉得一年晃起来真快。嘴角还有去年除夕跟同学一起包的饺子的余香,一眨眼又过了一年。想细细清点一下过去的一年,发现竟然没有多少回忆还存在脑海。当然有几件事情这辈子我也不会忘记。

No. 1 的大事就是找到女朋友了。她是一个年轻漂亮的姑娘,一双小眼睛在笑起来的时候总会躲的不见踪影,白皙的皮肤没有丝毫瑕疵,胖嘟嘟的小脸蛋总让我想抚摸亲吻;她会让我围她的围巾,或者让我把我的围巾给她围上;她说要让我的围巾留有她的香味,嗯,现在闭上眼闻的话隐约还有……她有主见有想法,独立坚强,不同于我见过的任何女生;她偶尔也会任性,看电影也会看得流眼泪;她会看着我傻傻的笑,比我看着她的傻笑还傻……她比女神更美,却没有那样遥不可及,她是我的女人……

No. 2 的事情就是今天刚得到的消息,毕设有着落了。在某个公司的实验室做,虽然看我有奖学金不给钱,但我也知足了,先攒点经验再说。

No. 3,出国一年半之后总算回了趟国,那个还是让我爱恨交加的祖国。朋友们还是老样子,没有我之前害怕的隔阂;家人身体也好,思想也在尽量向我靠拢。

No. 4,嗯,没有了……

新的一年祝大家心想事成,想啥有啥;祝女朋友身体健康,万事如意,早日拿到心仪的offer;祝她的家人身体健康,家庭和睦,财源广进;祝我的家人和亲朋好友身体健康,事事顺心;祝自己新的一年过的充实精彩,早日跟女朋友团聚,顺利毕业找到心仪的工作。

新年新气象,大家吃好喝好玩好睡好,新的一年混好!