Wow, the spring semester is already here and underway! I can’t believe that winter break went by that fast!
Over break I went home to the great city of Chicago! It wasn’t quite the same as the 60 and 70 degree California weather, being outside with temperatures below freezing took a little adjustment! Family time was awesome, it was the first time in a long time that my siblings and I were all home at once.
For New Years I took a trip down to Nashville, TN with some friends from my summer camp. It was a first for all of us and, boy, was it cool! Nashville is home to the Opryland Hotel, a resort that serves as a hotel, convention center, and shopping mall. The immense amount of work they put into the holiday decorations at Opryland was really impressive. Even more impressive, though, were the cavernous rooms the designers filled with restaurants nestled in lots of tropical greenery; everything from palms to ficuses! Who would have thought, in Tennessee?
Nashville is also home Country Music Hall of Fame, and for New Years the town embraced that icon. On the main street, Broadway, they set up a stage and brought in music artists – including Gavin Degraw and Lady Antebellum – to perform. When the New Year hit there was a giant note drop before fireworks and confetti!
Looking down the road at this semester, I’m now in the second half of Mechoptronics where we’re building on the knowledge and lab skills we gained last semester: up first, turbulent jets and strain gauges! My other engineering courses consist of Dynamic Systems, where we’re learning to model complex systems with our own differential equations, and Heat Transfer, where we’re expanding on some of the principles of Thermodynamics. Outside of Engineering I’m taking a GE called The African Diaspora, which examines the history of Africans exiting Africa, and Feasibility Analysis, an Entrepreneurship class where we’re creating and evaluating our own businesses to see whether they would stand a chance in the real world!
Can’t wait to show you some really cool stuff this semester; till then!Meet Ian