Mid-Semester Review

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

So we are in October, which means we’re about half way through the Fall semester. Right now is a good time to look back and reflect on how the semester has been going. I find this helpful to see what has been working and how I can improve to finish strong.

I’m studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building Science and my schedule includes the following classes: Statics, Building Science I, Physics (Electricity and Magnetism), Sailing, Sustainability Science in the City, and Architecture Culture and History. Thanks to APs I am all done with Math classes, and rather Calculus is integrated (pun intended) into my Engineering courses instead of having an individual class for it. Here are some cool updates on some of my classes:

Building Science is my Architectural Design studio. This is my favorite class because I get to explore my creativity and apply it to design problems, there’s also only 7 of us in the class so we really get to work alongside our professor and collaborate together. We’ve had several projects so far but my favorite have been a paper tower and a cardboard chair. I mentioned the paper tower in a previous post, but basically we had two weeks to build as high as we can using only 8.5 x 11″ printer paper. Mine was actually the tallest! It was 8ft tall and relatively sturdy! Our cardboard chair had to support at least 150 pounds. For both of these projects we were not allowed to use glue or tape just the materials given.



This past week I also went on a two day sailing trip for my Sailing class! Four of my friends and I chose to take this class together and we were able to be assigned to the same sailing trip where we were in charge of steering and hoisting the sails. It was beautiful and a great break from school although it was still for a class!

I definitely enjoy what I am learning/doing in all of my classes and it feels like a good balance of hard work and play within my curriculum.





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Camila is a sophomore studying Civil Engineering. She loves the ocean and puppies. Click above to find out more.

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