I hope you had happy holidays and are enjoying the new year! Fun fact about my winter break: the day after my last final, I had knee surgery. Turns out I have a condition called osteochondritis dissecans where the bone in my knee wasn’t receiving enough blood circulation and died. When I was playing soccer, the dead bone chipped off and there was a 15 mm hole in my knee as well as a bone fragment floating around. My ~*amazing*~ surgeon (who is also the ortho doctor for our football team, whoa) reattached the bone fragment to the hole with bio-dissolving (or something bio, I don’t know..) screws. AKA I spent my entire winter break laying in bed at home because Netflix is the best medicine when you’re crippled.
Even though I’m still in hobbling around in a leg brace, I’m ready to take on the spring semester! This semester I’m taking a wide range of classes including a class for my minor! I’m probably most excited about PPD 402 – Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations, because it’s the first class I’m taking that is going toward my minor! I’m also excited about my physics and statics classes because I’ve heard great things about the professors.
One of the things I’m most excited for this semester is serving on the executive board of my sorority. I am Vice President of Panhellenic Affairs (PAVP) which means I’ll be working a lot with other Panhellenic sororities like attending meetings and hosting events together. The Greek community has recently started this initiative called Greeks Go Green, where Greek organizations are spearheading the green movement at USC. This is right up my alley and I can’t wait to see what we do with it this semester! I’m also looking forward to ASCE’s Environmental Design Team, because the spring is when things really pick up and the competition happens! This is also going to be a fun semester in Society of Women Engineers because I’m working on the Student Affairs Committee in SWE where we plan events for women (and men!) in engineering so we can all take a break from our crazy schedules and get to know each other.
The best thing that happened to me over break was finding out that I was accepted into Viterbi Abroad for Summer 2016! I am so excited to be spending the summer in Madrid taking classes and exploring with other engineering students. I used to speak great Spanish, but not so much anymore… so hopefully I pick back up on it once I’m in Spain! This is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait! Make sure you follow my Instagram (@jamisonbria) to keep up with me this semester (and in Madrid!), and if you want to know anything more about the things I talked about in my blog, feel free to ask!Meet Bria