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Sightseeing in Sydney

Last week we had another week off of school so I took a trip to Sydney with two friends. Thursday was a holiday called ANZAC Day; it is the equivalent of Memorial Day in the United States. There was a huge parade in the city, only a block away from our hotel. Sydney is a bigger city than Perth, and I enjoyed being right downtown. While in Sydney we did all the tourist activities. We climbed the Harbour Bridge, toured the Sydney Opera House, hiked in the Blue Mountains and enjoyed Bondi Beach for a day. The Bridge climb was my favorite part; it took three hours to climb and we took plenty of breaks. It is 440 ft high [...]

2013-05-08T21:51:10+00:00 May 3rd, 2013|Rachel in Australia|

BRB Madrid, OMW to Lisboa!

Sorry I've been seemingly slacking on the updates, but it's only because the unthinkable happened - I got sick again! This time was less fun than the last because I got sick the week before midterms and continued being sick until the day of my last exam. I couldn't miss any school; otherwise I would be too behind and have to possibly reschedule my exams, which I did not want to do. If you've ever been sick while having to juggle classes and studying, you know what I mean. I basically spent my morning and early afternoon in class, then immediately went home to rest and do what I call "struggle-study," no bueno. A picture from a past trip [...]

2013-03-01T22:12:26+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

Andalucia Part Two

The next day, Thursday, we loaded up the buses and headed to Granada. When we arrived, we checked in at Hotel Carmen and then had lunch. I don’t know how SMU does it, but they are on point with all the restaurants they take us to. We were so full off a number of some of the best tapas I’ve had in Spain. We had mini hamburgers (their meat and burger in general is different in the States and better than in the States, though “less meaty” and greasy, which I can appreciate), tortilla, multiple orders of calamari, and octopus! Normally not a fan of slimy seafood like squid or octopus if it isn’t fried, it was actually really good. [...]

2013-03-01T22:10:51+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

Andalucia Part One

¡Hola amigos! After a week of little to no Wi-Fi or school work (but a lot of time sight-seeing and freedom) it’s been difficult getting back to the swing of things, like doing homework, going to class, and finishing this blog post. A lot has happened since my last post, so let’s play catch up! A couple weeks ago I got really sick. Not exactly sure if it was the cold or flu or what, but I had a fever, sore and dry throat, cough, and runny nose… so that was unfortunate. I don’t think I have been that sick since high school. I missed two days of school and the only movement I made was back and forth between [...]

2013-03-01T22:08:00+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

“So much to do, so much to see…”

Another day, and another week has gone by in Spain. All I can think about is how nervous and worried I felt during my last days back at home because I thought I was going to get so homesick. Although I miss my friends and family back at home, I am absolutely in love with this country. If there were one thing I could recommend anyone, it would be to study abroad. Plan years in advance to make sure you have room in your undergraduate years to experience what I am doing. There really is nothing else that can compare. As easily as I’ve adjusted to this wonderful country, there have been a few things I had to get used [...]

2013-02-27T21:51:48+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

Una experiencia Toledana

This past Wednesday through Friday was orientation and our group trip to Toledo. Due to jetlag and my late night arrival to Madrid, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday "morning" and couldn't fall back asleep. Needless to say, I didn't have to worry about being late to meet everyone at 9 a.m. My host mom (whom I adore...it's official) walked me to the foundation, where I'll be going to every day for class, and HALLELUJAH I am only a five-minute walk away from school. It's like the program knew I was directionally challenged and housed me in the most perfect location for me. There, I met the rest of the SMU-in-Spain students, and we all said our goodbyes to [...]

2013-02-27T21:49:38+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place…”

"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place. Like you'll not only miss the people you love, but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again." After hours and hours of delay to due maintenance issues and repairs  to the plane, I have finally arrived in Madrid! I didn't have too much trouble navigating my way through the London and Madrid airport, but I did feel slightly embarrassed trying to talk to an employee through thick glass at the Madrid airport because I wasn't sure if this unlabeled "entrance-only" passage was going to take me through passport checks. Besides that confusion, everything went [...]

2013-02-18T21:39:58+00:00 January 8th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

The adventure begins…

What better way to start 2013 than a semester in Spain? I can't believe I leave in just fourteen hours to embark on what I know will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whenever the topic of me studying abroad came up, I found myself facing the "Are you excited?" question pretty often. And believe me, I am so excited - I have wanted to study abroad since high school, but I'm definitely feeling a number of other emotions, especially now that it is actually happening. I'm nervous... worried about getting homesick... and already miss my family and friends. As someone who has never truly left home (SMU is about thirty minutes away), I will be the little bird leaving the nest [...]

2013-02-18T21:39:03+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

Sprint Retrospectives

An update from Trevor, a member of the Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: Sprint Retrospectives Projects that use Agile with Scrum use sprints to promise features to their product owner (customer/manager); sprints usually take place over a 30-day period. At the end of a sprint, teams conduct sprint retrospectives. These meetings discuss what was delivered from the team during the sprint, what processes were effective or ineffective (or could be improved upon), as well as actions to take place during the next sprint. In essence, they are small postmortems during development. Features Delivered: This section is simply a list of features the team completed during the sprint that the product owner receives. It is important to note that these [...]

2012-11-21T21:12:17+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

The Sprint Retrospective Process in Practice: Iterating on Salvage Runner’s Successes and Mitigating Its Risks (Part Two)

An update from Ben, a member of the Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: Retrospective Report Sprint 2 - Proof of Concept Gameplay 10/29/2012 - 11/2/2012 1. Introduction The purpose of the Retrospective Report is to describe in detail the specific activities that were most effective and those that need adjustments prior to the sprint.  A goal of the document is to inform future sprint teams of the obstacles encountered during this release. Sprint 2 began on 10/29/2012 and went through 11/2/2012. 2. Release Overview Sprint 2 was the second and last Proof of Concept sprint before moving to Vertical Slice.   It contains: Voice overs scripts written and outsourced for auditions Implementation of placeholder music and sound effects Salvage pickup [...]

2012-11-21T21:09:43+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|
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