ENGR 102 Activities: How to Cook in Your Dorm, How to Get Free Chick-Fil-A, and More!

Natalie Monger Natalie, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve written a lot about my Academy coaching experience, so I apologize for yet another post, but I can’t help but share the fun things we do in the classroom to exemplify why I love the environment in Viterbi so much.

This week, our activity encouraged students to create Mini Presentations. These presentations could be anywhere from 2-5 minutes about any topic the student presenting wanted to share with the class. It was such a good opportunity for the freshmen to practice their public speaking skills because the ability to get in front of an audience and convince people to invest in something you’re passionate about is something that they will need as they move on into their careers. I’m excited to share some of the topics the students presented on:

How to cook in your dorm:

One student showed us how, using just a microwave and cheap dishes, you can be a five-star chef in your own dorm room. I learned how to cook poached eggs and a skillet with simple utensils! This may come in handy one day…

How to get free Chick-Fil-A on campus:

Another student shared an app he had recently been using that earned him free Chick-Fil-A every day this past week! I am a Chick-Fil-A groupie, so this may come in handy as well.

How to cradle a lacrosse ball:

A superstar lacrosse player brought his lacrosse stick and did a great job of explaining how to cradle the stick during the game. He picked someone out of the audience who had never learned to cradle before and taught her exactly how to do it. He was very entertaining and convincing!


We had other students talk about triathlons, Bulgaria, rhythm games, and more. I thought it was so fun watching these first year students get up there and present on something they’re passionate about. I love how the Academy class puts students out of their comfort zone and encourages them to try something new.

This is my final semester teaching Academy, so I’m a little bummed about that, but it’s been amazing watching my students grow and watching myself grow as a Coach. Fight on, friends!

About the Author

Natalie is a junior studying Computer Science/Business and Dance. Click the photo above to find out more.

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