Yes, the essay seems insignificant, I have graduated, still Computer Engineering. I'm running Ubuntu Studio with Cinnamon. The net neutrality thing did NOT go well, and I am using a VPN, paid for with bitcoin even. Google and Amazon are still fighting for world domination.
Some words of wisdom: Rest easy; worrying accomplishes nothing. Keep your word; better to say no and show up, than to say yes and ghost. Ask for help; you deserve it and life is hard to face alone.
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