[Day 691] What PhD students do on the weekend

Breaking news: grad students do have friends.

I was pretty lost at TensorFlow summit last year when I met David, Frederik and a few other grad students at lunch and decided immediately that I’d follow them both on Twitter and in real life.

We are all over the place. David is doing PhD at ETH in Switzerland, Frederik is doing PhD at Berkeley, Dani is doing his master’s at UCL and working for Google in London. However, since we all work in AI, we run into each other once every few weeks. We used to have poolside brunches last summer at David’s condominium where *somebody* crashed David’s new drone and electric skateboard. We went for a movie on the beach in Santa Cruz. We raided NIPS after parties. Each time, some of us bring their friends and I enjoy getting to know new people.

This time, David came over for TensorFlow summit and Dani came over for work, so we planned to hang out in SF. Frederik brought Avi, his lab mate at Berkeley. We checked out the gorgeous view at Google office in SF, ate Ethiopian food, and then went for a comedy show in Tenderloin. The best joke of the day, we all agreed, is: “I have to tell my kid things like don’t talk to strangers, they will tell you their app idea.”

I’m feeling grateful for having such an incredible group of friends. They work on challenging problems. They stay up-to-date with latest papers/technologies and always have interesting things to say. They’re down for fun too.

WhatsApp Image 2018-04-01 at 4.13.22 PM
Me chilling on David’s electric skateboard when it was still functional
Brunch crew. Taken with a drone
View from Google’s SF office




[Day 691] What PhD students do on the weekend

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s