Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must. Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.
This week was crazy both inside and outside of class! It was a hectic week of midterms and projects, and I was also trying to plan for a smooth transition into spring break! On top of that, there was another animal study in my research lab on Tuesday – more on that later in the blog!
So I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy listening to music sometimes when I study. I wish I could listen to music while I read… However, it makes it much more difficult to focus on what I’m reading . Nevertheless, I still enjoy listening to music while I am working on homework that involves more computation. I always seem to have certain go-to albums or songs when I’m studying, and I thought I would share them with you guys!
I have lived both in University-owned housing as well as private housing throughout my college years. In my freshman year, I lived in Marks Hall, sophomore year in Troy East, and now I am currently living on 3oth street, one block from campus. In all instances, I have had a positive and painless experience!
For my first project in BME 416: Regulation of Medical Devices, I got to choose a specific medical device that I wanted to improve, then research existing patents to see what steps I would need to take to create my own, reinvented version of that chosen product. I chose to focus on soccer shin guards because I love soccer and wanted to see what patents for soccer equipment were already existent. I also thought that I could potentially come up with a way to add a piece to shin guards that could help prevent ankle or knee injury, since both ankle and knee injuries are very common in soccer.
This week has been seriously crazy so far. Somehow despite the fact that it’s only the third week of classes I haven’t been this stressed in quite a while. Classes are suddenly hitting hard, but mostly it’s been everything outside of my classes: clubs, organizations, and activities that all seem to be happening at the same time. This Friday night for example, I’m supposed to be three places at once! Until someone in Viterbi invents a time-machine, that’s just not going to happen, so I’ve had to prioritize and make some tough choices about how to spend my time lately. Despite the fact that I’ve been overwhelmed, I also feel like I’ve been coping with my anxiety level pretty well this week: no massive panic attacks so far! Since I usually blog about what’s on my mind, I decided that this week I would write about some of the ways I’ve been dealing with something that every college student (probably every high school student too) faces at some point: stress.
As an engineer, I have come to really value my weekends and the free days where I can explore Los Angeles and go to my favorite food, beach, and hang out spots! Coming from Northern California, we do not have the same luxury of nice beaches and perfect weather so on my free days I make the most of it there! However, when I want to get some work done and just relax with some laughs, great hang out spots are not very far away.