Springing into Action: My Semester at a Glance

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What’s up everyone! It has definitely been a while and a lot has changed since I last talked to you all. I hope you are all enjoying the New Year and had a great holiday season. Of course lets start with the random picture of the week. This one comes straight from Christmas time. I hope you all know by know by now how much I enjoy the occasional (read: weekly) costume. Here is the newest addition from my girlfriend.

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It’s an inflatable costume which makes you look like you’re riding an ostrich!

Isn’t that costume utterly amazing?! Ohh that gives me an idea for my next costume, a cow suit, perfect. Anyways, school just started for this semester and I am enjoying all of my classes. As I said in my last post I am looking forward to a great semester ahead.

Here is a look at my classes for this semester:

Courses:

BME 416 – Regulation of Medical Products: Professor Loeb has done some amazing research on campus with neural prosthetics. His research group developed BIONs which are BIOnic Neurons that are small enough to be injected into paralyzed muscles where they receive power and send and receive data by radio links with an external controller. This class teaches about all of the regulatory companies and policies regarding medical products and I can’t wait to learn from him.

Spring 2013 Schedule

Spring 2013 Schedule

ARLT 101 – Los Angeles: The City, The Novel, The Movie: This class is taught by an extremely engaging professor who brings together movies, music, literature and much more to try to answer the question: What is Los Angeles, how do people perceive it, and why do they perceive it that way? The class involves a lot of reading but also many outside of class scavenger hunts, restaurant outings, and other Los Angeles experiences. I can’t wait!

EE 301 – Linear Systems: The teacher for my Linear System class, Professor Takahashi, is amazing! I had her for EE 202 and this is the last electrical engineering class for my major that I have to take. This class is a lot of high level math that we learn in order to solve complex circuitry in later classes.

ISE 344 – Engineering Team Management: This is my last technical elective. I petitioned it again and it was approved by the department. This means that my three technical electives will have dealt with core business concepts so that hopefully I will be prepared for a career in consulting. The class has been great thus far, a lot of discussions and teamwork. A group project we will present near the end of the semester constitutes a large majority of our grade which I am excited for.

CHEM 322AL – Organic Chemistry I: Here it is. The class that most people don’t like, however I have had a different experience with Organic Chemistry in my first two weeks, and I like it a lot. I like the geometric and engineering mindset you can use to approach organic chemistry  In addition Professor Bertolini is great and I had him for my general chemistry class. I really like the hands on lab of the class which seems to really reinforce core concepts in the class.

Extra Curriculars:

Boston was fun during break!

Boston was fun during break!

In addition to classes I will be serving as the Executive Vice President of Administrative Affairs for the Interfraternity Council, an organization of 9 individuals, which acts as a liaison between the administration on the greek community. It has been a lot of fun so far and I put in a lot of work over break. Also I will be finishing my last semester of Vice President of Finance for Order of Omega: Greek Honor Society. We are looking forward to our annual Order of Omega Retreat in March and we have a lot of planning to do for the Greek Awards Night. I will also be working this semester again.

There have been a lot of great changes coming up in my life such as landing an internship for the summer and applying for the Progressive Degree Program within Viterbi. I will let you know all about these in future posts.

It is definitely good to be back! I can’t wait to go to the beach this weekend.

Brenton

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