CS373 Spring 2020: Rithvik Saravanan — Blog Post #11

Rithvik Saravanan
2 min readApr 13, 2020


What did you do this past week?

This past week was more online classes, working out, studying, and finishing up assignments. I had a significant exam this week, so I spent a good amount of time studying for it. I also had a couple of assignments due, and I was able to get them finished in time.

What’s in your way?

I just need to make sure that I don’t lose motivation to keep working to finish out this semester. Online classes from home have definitely made a little bit more lazy than usual, so I need to make an active effort to stay on top of my work and health.

What will you do next week?

Next week should be very similar to this week: online classes, homework assignments, and working out. This has been my typical schedule throughout quarantine.

What was your experience of SQL?

I have had minimal exposure to SQL before this class, so I was glad to be learning some new material. Everything we have talked about so far in lecture (types of joins) has been relatively intuitive and I think I have a solid understanding of it so far.

What was your experience of the ethics material?

I found this week’s reading to be quite interesting (in comparison to the other readings that we’ve completed so far). I enjoy learning about this other aspect of the software world that we probably don’t discuss often enough. In the future, I hope to be able to take the computer science ethics course to learn more about these topics.

What made you happy this week?

I’ve been getting 8+ hours of sleep for most of this week, so that’s always a good thing. I’ve also been able to stick to my usual workout schedule, which is a big reason as to how I’ve kept sane during this quarantine.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

In order to make sure that you don’t become too lazy or unmotivated, I recommend making sure that you stick to a somewhat strict sleeping schedule and prioritize your sleep. If you go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day, it can have a profound impact on your daily schedule because it can help ensure that you don’t accidentally waste too much time doing something unproductive (browsing social media, watching TV, etc.).



Rithvik Saravanan

Student at The University of Texas at Austin