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Finals week is finally over, and the first part of winter break has been full of the rest and relaxation that I need. I’ve gone Christmas shopping with my dad, finished Freakonomics while sitting by the fire, and enjoyed some necessary family and friends time. Essentially a Christmas like any other… except for the 6+ inches of rain we’ve gotten at my house over the past 3 days. (And for those of you from places with “real” weather, that’s HUGE for Santa Barbara.) Nevertheless, we haven’t let the storm dampen our spirits (pun absolutely intended). There’s less than a week before Christmas and I still have some shopping and cookie eating to accomplish before Saturday. After Christmas I’m only home for a few days before I head off to San Diego Winter Conference with Campus Crusade for Christ. A day after the conference I’ll be back in LA, packing and preparing for a week in Honduras with Engineers Without Borders. We’ll be staying in Marcala, and gathering the rest of the data that we need to finalize our designs for the rainwater catchment system we’re building. I’ve heard so many great things about the country and the people and I can’t wait to go.

Because it’s such a busy break for me, I won’t be blogging until I get back to school, the week of January 10th. In the meantime, check out our latest webisode about the career conference!


  • How was the Campus Crusade for Christ conference in San Diego? I’m just curious, as a Christian, do ever get negative feedback when you mention Christianity since you are using a government website,

    • Kristen Sharer says:

      The conference was great, thanks for asking! It was a really cool opportunity to bond with people from USC and other schools and ring in the new year with an epic western-themed dance party that turned into worship music at midnight. As far as getting any negative feedback for mentioning my faith in this blog, I haven’t. This blog is one of about 26 others written by students in the Viterbi School of Engineering. The point is to talk about our lives here at school, so that perspective students can get a better idea about what engineering life is like here/whether USC would be a good fit for them and my faith as well as my involvement in Campus Crusade on campus are both huge aspects of my student experience.