Last Tuesday I finally presented my diploma thesis. In some future posts I’ll try to discuss more seriously about the research’s actual topic, but for now I just want to say: at last!
It has been 5 years of very very good classes, a lot of stress, and a lot of fun. I’ve made the best friends ever here in the University, and although I’m very happy to have come through, I’m also a bit sad because I will be missing a lot of people. The good news is I’ll be staying at the University, both researching and teaching (two things I love), and hanging out with my friends (now colleagues) and LAN-partying a lot (another thing I also love). My girlfriend is staying here two, as well as a bunch of my closest classmates. Some others will be going, though, and although I’ll try to keep touch with all of them, I know I’ll be missing them.
After my presentation was over, I read a few acknowledgment words, which I kind of translated, rephrased, and would like to write here, to thank a few of the most influential people in my University years.
First of all, of course, to my parents and parents-in-law, which made my life so easy these 5 years. I hope I’ve made them proud.
To my friends, the ones from my childhood, hi-school, college, and from the University. The young and the ones who resist getting old. The Jedis and the Siths, as I call them (we are still arguing which are which). All of them have left their good and/or bad manners on me, and, I hope, taken some of my own.
A little expansion is necessary here: Andy helped me in many ways that I cannot even recall, but very specially the last night, when we crashed at his place (like so many nights before and after) to finish all the diagrams and little details. Dude, there is no way I can ever repay that back, fortunately.
And Boluk and Mar, who taught me a lot about making science, and also a lot about having fun. I don’t know for which to thank you guys more. You have done so much for us, that nothing I can say here will be nearly enough to make it up to you, so, that’s it, we finally did it… and some of it is on you guys…
To my students too, who I hope will be taking with them some of the things I tried to teach them, although not exactly as I taught them, but that’s good too.
To my teachers, who taught me more than just derivatives, algorithms and data structures. They taught me that all problems, no matter how difficult, are worth being solved, and that there is honor, and an unimaginable source for fun, in doing it.
To my advisors, who thought this year they would have a better student, who would finish the thesis early on…
To Sue, she knows why, and you guys don’t care…
To Knuth for TeX, and Leslie Lamport for LaTeX, the most amazing tools for scientific writing.
And finally, to all of those I didn’t mention, but who know they have played and important part, lesser or greater, in making me the person I am now, with my tons of flaws and my few virtues.