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2017 was good, 2018 might be even higher

This isn’t a programming or Python associated publish. That is extra of my private reflection on the 12 months 2017. I made a decision to mirror and consider my 12 months and see what I bought performed and what might have been higher. Under I’ve listed among the stuff which I used to be in a position to get performed this 12 months.

Visited UK and Bahrain 🇬🇧🇧🇭

I really like travelling and exploring new locations. This 12 months I bought an opportunity to go to UK (Cambridge, Newcastle and London) and Bahrain (Manama). I visited these locations in January 2017 and realized a ton about each of those locations. Subsequent 12 months (2018) I plan on exploring USA.

Participated in a robotics competitors

I participated in a robotics competitors for the primary time ever! I had by no means labored with robots earlier than. We programmed our very personal Lego robotic for the FIRST World Pakistan regional competitors. We gained the very best design award for our “Aquabot”. It was a tremendous expertise and I bought an opportunity to make some actually good mates.


Fashioned a brand new programming membership 💻

After coming to Colgate I noticed that there was an absence of programming occasions on the establishment. The principle cause was the absense of a pure programming centered membership. I gathered a staff and fashioned a membership referred to as. I did it in my first semester at Colgate and until now we now have organized 4 totally different occasions/workshops. We even introduced in a speaker from Microsoft who gave a extremely partaking discuss the way forward for AI and Machine Studying.



Discovered Racquetball 

I used to play soccer until 2013 however then stopped due to a back-injury. This 12 months I made a decision to begin taking part in a sport once more. I spent three months (Sep-Nov) studying how one can play Racquetball. Within the subsequent 12 months I’m planning on collaborating in varied inter-university Racquetball tournaments. Preserving my fingers crossed!


100 days of working problem 👟

This 12 months I made a decision to begin working. I had all the time examine the advantages of working and the way it helps in preserving one match however I had by no means truly performed it. After experiencing a particularly painful emotional breakdown I made a decision to focus all of my power into doing one thing productive, therefore I began working. I made a decision to run 100 days in a row in order that I might kind a behavior of working. Initially it was laborious as I couldn’t even run 1Km continuous. I needed to stroll after a few meters. However now I can efficiently run 5Km+ continuous with none downside. There have been a number of missed days as properly however I’m glad that I used to be in a position to full my 100 days. My subsequent purpose is to participate in a 5k or a 10k run throughout subsequent 12 months (2018).


Misplaced 5kgs 👨🏽

This one ties again to the 100 days of working problem. I used to be getting fats by not doing any bodily train. When your entire day revolves round computer systems there’s little to no must stand up as every thing could be performed in your laptop computer/laptop. I made a decision to manage my weight loss program a bit and bounce again and lose some fats. I’m glad that it payed off and I used to be in a position to lose 5Kgs. Though a minute quantity, it fully modified my character. Now I speak to individuals with extra confidence. I don’t understand how each of those are associated however they absolutely have an effect on one another. A match physique makes you extra assured and improves your character.

Discovered ballroom dancing 🎭

I had by no means danced in my life until three months in the past. It’s truly shocking for lots of people however yeah its true. I all the time wished to bop however by no means bought round to doing it as a result of I used to be afraid. I used to be afraid that I used to be fats and that I couldn’t dance and if I did attempt it I might find yourself making a idiot out of myself. Effectively this 12 months I used to be in a position to forego that concept/mentality and truly realized how one can do ballroom dancing and I’m glad that I used to be in a position to efficiently carry out within the largest dancing occasion at Colgate College.


Did 2 tenting journeys 🎪

I had by no means performed “actual” tenting earlier than. As-in I had by no means gone out on any tenting journey the place we needed to setup our personal tents and cook dinner our personal meals. This 12 months I did precisely that. I went on two tenting journeys and in considered one of these journeys we truly arrange our personal tents. We ate sizzling canines, marshmallows, smores and performed totally different out of doors video games. They have been all-around enjoyable journeys. Subsequent 12 months I plan on tenting in snow. Lets see the way it goes!

Discovered a brand new language Arabic 🎤

I really like studying new languages. I already knew 6 languages (English, Urdu, Punjabi, Siraiki, Hindi, German) however I wished to study extra! This 12 months I took up elementary Arabic and efficiently accomplished the Elementary stage 1 course of Arabic. Now I can converse in round 7 languages 🎉

I wrote this utilizing a marker. It says “Bismillah” which means “within the identify of God/Allah”

Grew to become the founding member of a startup 🏅

I grew to become the founding member of a meals supply startup referred to as Xpedite. It doesn’t have any internet presence proper now however will quickly launch in Hamilton, NY. It was enjoyable, enlightening and tiring to plan our trial runs on the finish of this 12 months proper earlier than my ultimate exams however my staff was superior and we had tons of enjoyable alongside the way in which!

Participated in a hackathon 🖥

I participated in UB Hacking at College of Buffalo. Once I went to the States my plan was to take part in as many hackathons as I probably might however on account of sure circumstances I couldn’t do this however nonetheless I ended up collaborating in a single hackathon. I didn’t win something however I used to be in a position to mentor somebody at his very first hackathon and I helped him submit his first ever hack. It was a satisfying expertise.



Crossed 100,000 month-to-month views on my weblog 🎉

Once I began running a blog I all the time had a dream to cross 100,000 month-to-month web page views. I began from 2000-3000 month-to-month page-views. However I’m glad that fixed hard-work paid off and now my weblog will get 100,000+ page-views every month. I like to consider it as impacting the lifetime of round 100,000 people every month.


1.5 Million whole page-views for my e book 🎉

My e book efficiently crossed the 1.5 Million whole page-views this 12 months and I additionally celebrated the 2 12 months anniversary of my e book. The e book goes sturdy and so am I ✌️


Attended my first American Soccer Sport 🏈

Though I’m nonetheless not 100% positive about how the scoring system in American Soccer truly works I truly loved the sport.


Efficiently accomplished the primary semester in college 🎓

Contemplating that I’m from Pakistan, this was extra of a necessity and requirement than an achievement 😂 I’m glad that I used to be in a position to efficiently full the primary semester of my BA in Comp Sci. 1 down 7 to go!


One in all my most essential takeaway from this 12 months is that by no means make another person the explanation on your success. Make your own-self the explanation for no matter you obtain.

These are the most important highlights from the 12 months 2017 and inshAllah I hope to attain much more in 2018! My principal purpose is to learn to play a violin. What have been the highlights of your 2017? Do share them with me within the feedback beneath 🙂



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