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Why climb on the roof of your school?

Hi! You might not know me but my name is Gideon Tong and I’m a first-year electrical engineering student at the University of California, San Diego. This quarter, I had the great opportunity of being able to visit the roof of Geisel Library, one of the tallest buildings on campus and our largest library.

The purpose of this was for a project I did with my university’s branch of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) society. This project I did is called Outpost, and you can check it out at its’ GitHub repository. It is an Internet of Things long-range connectivity toolkit, which sounds like a bunch of fancy words, but it’s basically a collection of tools programmers and developers can use in order to build a long-range device.

Originally, this project was supposed to debut at a quarterly showcase of projects, but due to miscommunication on scheduling neither I nor my partner, Brian Lam, was able to be there for a presentation.

However, I’d still love to address some of the challenges and successes of our journey. I’d like to first extend my thanks to the wonderful people at the Geisel Library who were able to help and point me in the right direction. The staff at the Library are amazing and were very accommodating to my request, and everyone from the front desk staff to the folks who work security to keep our school safe was kind and helpful.

Initially, when I first proposed this idea, I was met with some pushback and some people who didn’t believe that I would be able to achieve this. However, it is thanks to persistence that I was able to go on the roof of Geisel Library because I learned that all you need is one person to tell you what you’re doing is okay in order for you to achieve your goals. While this is a small step in the scheme of a school year, and much less so in the span of my education or even my life, I’m still proud to be able to say that I am taking the steps and initiative to achieve goals that I set for myself.

Also, here’s a picture with my partner at the roof!

Do pardon the hair, it's windy up there!