The Mixer

by Alex Verkerk, Aiden Burgess

SESA Mixer

SESA hosted its annual Mixer on Tuesday! We had a great first event of 2020, with nearly all of the Part II cohort turning up to get to know the rest of the Software Engineering students!

We had a great turnout of over 150 Software Engineering students, who mixed and mingled, and ate loads of free pizza!

We’d like to give a shoutout to our sponsors for making this event possible: Our Gold sponsors: ecoPortal & Honeywell Our Silver sponsors: Atlassian, IMC Trading, Jane Street, Orion Health, Sandfield, Serato & Vista

The start of a new decade

by Alex Verkerk, Aiden Burgess

Hello everyone and welcome to the new year and decade!

First off, we would like to introduce our new sponsors for the year. Gold: ecoPortal, Honeywell Silver: Serato, Sandfield, Jane Street, Atlassian, IMC Trading, Orion Health, Vista

Next up, what are our plans for 2020?

Mixer

A good year requires a good start, and that is what the mixer is for. It allows students of all years to meet and talk with each other.

Part II Orientation

Based on feedback we have received, and our own experiences, this event will focus more on internships this year. BAGM 1 Industry night

Buddy program

Started last year, we are planning on starting this again.

If you would like to give us suggestions or feedback, you can use this form

2017 and Beyond

by Aimee Tagle

What a last half semester of 2017! What a year in general! The last six weeks of semester 2017 had some of our biggest events and we hope everyone enjoyed those.

To kick everything off, we had our third Grad Series of the year with grads and still-active SESA members Frano Stanisic and Saren Currie. We thank them for their continual support of our organisation, and their excellent presentation of life after a software engineering degree.

After the grad series easing us in, we got to our heavy-hitting events. First off was our BAGM and second pub quiz of the year, crammed into one night of excitement. Exciting it very much was, especially with assignment-doing part 3 students who hadn’t quite finished designing a system architecture. It was an all-round fun night of speech-making, trivia, and software camaraderie. Congratulations to our pub quiz winners and general participants, and best of luck to our 2018 executive team who were elected that night. You may or may not find their names on our website in the near future.

Our official end of year event, the formal dinner, happened shortly after the end of lectures. With a need to increase capacity and over 90 in attendance, we think it’s fair to say that it was a popular event: a great way to catch up after a busy period, and before exam stress settled in.

Finally came the unofficial end of year event: the traditional LAN to finish it all. With a couple of exams ending during the event, our second LAN party of the year became the post-exam celebration of choice, judging by the peak in elevator traffic. As always, it was a great time.

Thanks to our sponsors, everyone who came to our events, and our executive team. Your dedication to this students organisation makes what we do possible and worthwhile. To our outgoing exec, thank you for everything you have contributed to SESA. Apologies for all the events to attend, but we hope you enjoyed it as much as we (or perhaps I) did. All the best for your future endeavours. We hope we can make you proud in 2018, and in the many years of SESA to come.

It was a truly amazing 2017, and we hope it has been a memorable time to be a software engineering student.

-Aimee on behalf of the SESA exec, since it would be weird if the whole team just thanked themselves in that last paragraph

A semester, a video, and a chat platform

by Aimee Tagle

Welcome back from your SESA blogger! It’s been another great SESA half-semester (who would’ve guessed?), and here’s an ordered list of everything what happened.

  1. SESA Learns: Data Structures for Interviews - We revised the important data structures to know for interviews, because you never know when you’ll need a data structure.
  2. Grad Series - Grads Zoe Cai and Aman Mehta shared with us the greatness of grad life- its highs, lows, and ability to defy expectations.
  3. ScriptWars Coding Competition - SESA Members James Brown and Liam Brand created which puts AI scripts up against each to play a game (in our case, “Tank Game”).
  4. Cardboard Night - Another fun, causal night of board games, card games, pizza, and Subway documented with a video embedded in this post.

We have also recently created a SESA Discord. Feel free to join us!

We look forward to closing out 2017 with a non-fizzle. Stay tuned for all of it- including out end of year formal dinner, and the Biannual General Meeting. Expect more content coming to this website and our other social media in the near future as well!

Cheers,

the SESA Exec Team

A Semester Down

by Aimee Tagle

With the end of exams, and a LAN soon following, SESA said goodbye to 2017 semester 1. As the academic calendar got busier, the SESA calendar slowed its event pacing.

We started week 6 with a slew of events, including the much anticipated grad series, and the postponed-for-the-weather cardboard night. The grad series featured SunKee and Ofek, two brilliant grads that shared their journey so far with us, along with heaps of tips and tricks for uni/life/everything else. This time a around, there were no storm warning to stop a night of betrayal, bluffing, and fun.

As the semester continued, we managed to fit fun into everyone’s packed schedules. With events such as the Vista Movie Night, the pub quiz, and SESA’s “Assignments and Chill” dotted throughout the semester, there was always something to look forward to after a deadline.

Finally, we wrapped up the semester 1 SESA events calendar with our first LAN of 2017. It was good. I, the SESA Exec member who is writing this post, did not win $50. Regardless, we held an exciting competition, played some great games, and had an all-round great event- a fitting way to farewell semester 1.

Cheers,

the SESA Exec Team

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