Sorry about the downtime on this site, there was a CPU overload which caused our server having to upgrade from a VPS to dedicated. With that said, my recent post about Cyber Camp was deleted and I’m attempting to retype the whole thing. Please excuse this extremely lengthy post since I’m covering a lot of topics here. I will save you the trouble by having a header before each paragraph. Sounds fair?
I was at Cyber Camp for 6 days which took place at a university 30 minutes (1.25 hours with traffic) away from my house. From Monday to Thursday, we went through different topics on cyber security from 8:30am until 5:30pm. On a couple of those days, we had different sessions from 7pm until 8/9pm. This overall experience at camp was worth my time and it really encouraged me to pursue my interest in the cyber security division. This is one of the best and busiest week I have had this summer.
The College Life- I can conclude that I experienced partial of the college life. Every night, I have slept for 5 hours at the very most. On Wednesday night, I had only 3 hours of sleep. Every night, I was busy whether it was hanging out, meeting new people, or just doing our own things (like playing Words with Friends). Many of the other people who attended the camp slept way less than me, only because they’re used to it. There was also a group of people who played Counter Strike until 2am.
So What Brings You Here?- I got asked that question, “So what brought you here to camp?” several times by the others. My answer was basically, “Cyber Patriot brought me here”. Cyber Patriot is a competition where high schools compete in hardening their Windows and Linux systems.. Which cyber camp doesn’t cover at all since Cyber Patriot is the basics of everything.
Food- The food from the school is set up in a buffet style where you can choose what you eat. The food was pretty decent if you ask me. Though the food that I enjoyed more were the ones I paid for which includes a plate of steak from BJ’s and 3 boxes of sushi from the street across. Somehow, I lost my appetite for the past 2 weeks so my plate from BJ’s took me 4 meals to finish.
Breaking the Asian Stereotype- According to the many of the people from camp, I break the “Asian Stereotypes”. I’m usually a really outgoing person and I socialize easily with other people. It’s really rare that you see me come off as a shy person. My whole lifestyle strays away from many of the Asian Stereotypes, such as the music I listen to is pretty “obnoxious” (Electronic Dance Music), I am licensed to drive a car, and a few other things that is self explanatory. The only Asian stereotype that I fit into is the fact that I’m short and I’m pretty good at playing instruments.
Endless Days- Every day from Monday to Thursday, we had something new to learn. It cramming a week’s worth of notes into 10 hours each day, which was pretty exhausting. We covered topics that includes working with Scapy, Social Engineering, using SamuraiWTF, Hacking Techniques,what Social Ethics are. This whole experience is worth it because I pretty much survived the lectures and understood the topics pretty well for a beginner. I would attend Cyber Camp again next year if I have the opportunity to do so.
CTF- On the final day of cyber camp, we had a competition called “Capture the Flag”- which is basically something similar to a scavenger hunt. We’re supposed to find “keys” for what the score bot requests by using tools we acquired during the other 4 days of camp. My team (the “woman’s team”) placed 6th out of 9. I don’t like the general idea of splitting the genders because there was only 1 team of females while the other 8 teams are filled with men. I don’t care about this whole “girl power” thing because if we want a successful society, we have to work together without being split apart purposely.
I had a really memorable experience this week at the camp, whether it was inside of class time or outside of class time. A lot of things happened and it was all worth it.. Except for me not bringing an extra blanket, the air conditioner was on during all of the nights- which made my room really cold. I came home on Friday during the late afternoon thanks to the rush hour traffic.
The Wedding- On the day after coming home from camp, I had a wedding to attend. I had an amazing date who was there to enjoy the entire event with me. The whole ceremony was pretty peaceful considering how it took place at a residential house. I liked how time went by slowly and I got to take pleasure in the mini events that took place during the ceremony… Including dancing and making a toast to the newly married couple. The whole experience was amazing, words can’t literally describe what has happened. I suppose it’s something that the world doesn’t have to know. Looking back to it, I honestly feel really lucky.
This is the first wedding I have been to that involves my friends directly.. Along with the fact that it’s the first band alumni wedding for my generation in band. I am pleased that I attended unlike many of the people who said they will come (and didn’t). The whole wedding was remarkable and it’s something worth keeping memories for. There was a lot of significance within this event, which makes it really special. (I love how I am describing the feeling of the event rather than describing what has happened)
I can conclude that this is the best week of my summer. Was Cyber Camp and the wedding better than my trip to Las Vegas? As much as I had fun bonding with the girls on the last night at Vegas, I’d like to go back to make the whole experience a lot better. I suppose that is saved for next time. So yes, the experiences both at Cyber Camp and the wedding are memorable in my account; separately or joint. I’m not saying that Vegas sucked, I’m saying that both Cyber Camp and the wedding is better. Even after a thousand words within this post, I’m still speechless. (Yes, it’s that extraordinary)
I definitely have a lot more to say- but I suppose that can be saved for another post next time.