School has finally kicked off and it’s time to get back into the swing of classes as well as fun activities! Beginning my second year already, I’m finally taking one of the core classes of chemical engineering: thermodynamics. Although the material’s pretty abstract and homework takes a while, there are a plethora of resources to go to for help from getting a study group to do problems together to office hours to SI sessions offered by VARC twice a week. As for other classes I’m taking another CORE for thematic option that focuses on questions regarding the meaning and classification of art, specifically in photography. In fact, on Monday my class will be heading outside to make our own cyanotypes. I also decided to change my minor to consumer behavior from the Marshall School of Business, so social psychology is another interesting class in which we study how certain situations influence behavior.
Outside of the classroom, I have been spending some time requesting funding for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national annual conference in San Francisco this year. The conference itself is a great experience for all chemical engineers to learn about leadership and what the industry has to offer after undergraduate school. Moreover, simply budgeting the event by meeting with sponsors has been a fantastic learning opportunity about how to convey the importance of an event through presentations and the planning behind getting the most cost effective deal.
Other than that, there are a lot of welcome back activities from lunches to general meetings and last but not least our first football game against Washington State. Despite the final score, it’s still a blast to feel the energy and school spirit –not to mention there are many more games to come!