I have lived both in University-owned housing as well as private housing throughout my college years. In my freshman year, I lived in Marks Hall, sophomore year in Troy East, and now I am currently living on 3oth street, one block from campus. In all instances, I have had a positive and painless experience!
During my freshman year, I lived on the south side of campus in Parkside Arts and Humanities. This dorm is suite style, so there are 4 double rooms and 2 bathrooms that you share amongst the 8 girls. Although it was called Arts and Humanities, you could live in it regardless of your major. I lived on the music floor, which was also more of an interest floor. Yes, there were music majors on my floor, but there were also journalism, engineering, pre-med and economics majors on my floor as well. I liked my freshman living experience because I was able to get close with other freshmen of other majors and interests.
I hope things are going well. Only two weeks until Spring Break and I’m so excited! Now that spring is here it’s time to start thinking about housing again. Last year I blogged about my freshman housing in Birnkrant which you can read about here. This year I’m going to blog about my sophomore housing in Troy East.
I could not have had a better experience living in the dorms freshman year. I still remember the first week I moved into New/North. Students would wander the halls anxious to meet one another, music blasting from neighboring rooms, and BBQ’s and games of Frisbee taking place in the courtyard. I think I met more people during welcome week freshman year than I have in any other span of a week in my entire life. I lived on the first floor in a quieter wing consisting of six different dorm rooms. All twelve of us girls became good friends quickly and always had our RA Lauren to confide in and ask for advice whenever we needed.
Today I got to go to the Wildlife Learning Center! One of the programs for the Asian American Tutorial Project is to take the kids on a field trip; last year we went to the Columbia Space Museum, but this year we got to check out different species from all around the world.
Last week was E-Week, a week full of different activities that celebrate engineering! The first day was a kick off carnival that was full of different carnival games! For the first time in my life, I won a balloon popping game! I was very excited to say the least. Another fun event was the Viterbi Talent Show. From a beat-boxing clarinet player to a couple singing a mash-up of Disney songs, the night was full of hidden talent. But my favorite event of E-Week by far is Viterbi Ball!
For my first project in BME 416: Regulation of Medical Devices, I got to choose a specific medical device that I wanted to improve, then research existing patents to see what steps I would need to take to create my own, reinvented version of that chosen product. I chose to focus on soccer shin guards because I love soccer and wanted to see what patents for soccer equipment were already existent. I also thought that I could potentially come up with a way to add a piece to shin guards that could help prevent ankle or knee injury, since both ankle and knee injuries are very common in soccer.
It is easy when you are in college to get involved many organizations and spend lots of time on all your homework and projects. College is a balancing game however. You always need to take time out for yourself and really focus on things that will enrich your life. Continue reading
Hey everyone! We are another week closer to spring break. Even though I have been swamped with midterms and papers in the last couple of weeks, I was able to take a break and go to Pi Beta Phi’s invite called Beaux and Arrow. It is Valentine’s Day themed and so fun! I wanted to tell you a little bit about how it went this last weekend.