Hey guys, this week I want to tell you a little bit about my classes and my overall plans for spring semester.
First off, let me start by saying that winter break was awesome! I’m feeling extremely refreshed after having traveled to Phoenix, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and my hometown Auburn to visit friends and family. For Christmas, I went to Bodega Bay with my brother and mom; it was such a great time having locally made clam chowder (this was some of the best I’ve ever had, besides the chowder from Neptune’s Palace on Pier 39)!
Northern California certainly is “hella” different from SoCal, but it was nice to see a change of pace. All said and done, now I’m so excited to be back and ready for everything engineering. This semester I am taking a bunch of different courses that include:
CHEM322B: Organic Chemistry II
PHYS161: Honors Mechanics
BIO220: Cell Biology and Human Physiology
ENG341: (iPodia) Principles and Practices of Global Innovation
BME210: Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering
I am definitely excited about each of the classes and professors. In particular, I am extremely excited about iPodia, which is a program that allows the students in the class to go to Israel during the first two weeks of summer as a final project. The course is actually centered upon working with students from universities around the world and then collaborating with them via Skype or video conferencing using the things we learn during lecture.
I am also really excited to take physics this semester; my professor, Gene Bickers, is one of the best at the University of Southern California, and I have had the opportunity to work with him through Undergraduate Student Government. I’m pumped to go deeper into cell biology because this is the sort of thing that really got me interested in Biomedical engineering in the first place; my dream job actually is working for (or starting) a company that uses a patient’s own cultured cells to three dimensionally print organs for them. The idea behind this is that it would dramatically reduce the waiting time for an organ donor match as well as reduce the chance of rejection by the body. There are some companies that are already trying to implement this idea, but there is still a lot of work that can be done!
Some other things I am planning to do this semester include attending a 5K color run and going to Coachella in April, but I’m always looking for new things to try. My semester is pretty open at the moment– who knows… I have been thinking about going skydiving, maybe I’ll give that a go sometime this semester as well. What do you guys think?
Catch you later!