Hope you all had a great holiday season, and are as excited as I am for the new year! It’s going to be a packed one, but at least I’m well rested from my time off. My break was really nice – I got to head home and spend some time with friends and family, and celebrate the holidays and my 20th birthday with those close to me. I also had the opportunity to visit northern California and Lake Tahoe during my time off, which was incredible. California has such a fascinating history with so many well-preserved landmarks, ranging from the Winchester House to ghost towns like Calico and Virginia City, so being able to visit them was certainly a treat. I also got to pretend I was a cowboy, which is always nice.
I’m definitely hitting the ground running with regards to my academic and extracurricular work. I’ll be finishing off my GE classes this semester, and am getting the chance to take three upper division engineering classes, so I’m very excited. I recently accepted a summer engineering internship with the California Resources Corporation, so I’m hoping my current coursework in separation processes, fluid mechanics, and materials science will prove useful over the summer!
While my classes are going to be getting more challenging, I should also have a bit more free time. I’m already putting a lot of work into my non-academic commitments, including research lab, AIChE, and LAA, and with new events I’ve been planning and positions I’ve received, my responsibility will be increasing, but so will the amount of great work I’m able to do with these groups. I’m also hoping to keep being able to relax, spend time with friends, and enjoy all the great things LA has to offer.
All in all, though my break was wonderful, I’m also excited to be back at school. I’m eager to see what this semester holds, but I can already feel it – great things are in store.