I’m Matias - an engineering student at Cambridge University, currently in my second year and set to graduate with a Master’s in Engineering.
Though I’m “officially” an engineering ugrad, my interests are varied ranging from software development and deployment, Linux sysadmining, embedded systems, cooking and linguistics.
What am I studying?
I’m an undergraduate student in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. I have recently finished my first year (1A).
The course is formally named MEng Engineering and it is an “integrated masters”, which means that I’ll graduate with a Master’s in Engineering (MEng) as well as the Cambridge BA that is conferred for all undergraduate courses. I will qualify for the BA after 3 years of study and plan to complete a fourth year to qualify for the MEng.
A bit more about me
I’m half Portuguese and half Chinese. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden and shortly after moved to 7 countries around the world while growing up. It was a fantastic experience to which I owe a big chunk of my personality and core values. Along the way, I picked up 5 languages and traveled to over 40 countries.
What do you do?
I find plenty of ways to distract myself. Here are a few of them:
- I’m a volunteer of the Student-Run Computing Facility where I move money around as treasurer, manage our free video conferencing and work on many other projects
- I’m a weekend chef at FoodCycle Cambridge
- I am webmaster for CU First-Aid Society
- As if those weren’t enough to keep my Director of Studies worried, I’m also secretary and webmaster of the CU Portuguese Society
- Once in a while, I post videos about cycling in Cambridge
How many languages do you speak?
Only 5, I promise! I’m steadily inching my way towards a CEFR C2 in French and plan to attain CEFR B1 Arabic (Levantine) by the end of 2021.
What’s your favorite quote?
There is no passion to be found playing small; in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
— Nelson Mandela
What do you know?
I know nothing.