As the semester is wrapping up, it’s time to tie up loose ends and reflect on the semester!

This semester has felt like a whirlwind. I started off the semester dropping Writing 340 because I had felt that I signed up for a section/topic that was way too challenging for me. The classes theme was Global Economics. I intentionally signed up for the section because I thought it would be a fun topic and a good way to have my brain focus on topics that weren’t exclusively STEM! I remember the first couple class sessions were pretty relaxed. We had some casual discussions, watch some cool videos, and the professors told some fun stories! One and a half weeks in, he announces the first essay is due in a week and a half and the topic is:

“Find an economic solution to the family separation crisis at the border”

The topic absolutely bewildered me. I had no idea where to stop. How was I supposed to find an economic solution? What does that even mean?? So I found a different solution. I dropped the class and signed up for a GE I heard was pretty lenient and chill. And that class turned out to be really cool! It’s a class about Nonfiction literature, and I got to read a lot of insightful pieces from a diverse set of authors.

My other GE class is called “Drugs, Behavior, and Society”. I found the class to be very scientific and unbiased, so I was able to learn a lot about how drugs work and interact with our brain and body, addiction and what constitutes addiction, and how our society perceives different illicit substances.

The class Strength of Materials (AME 204) was a continuation of the theoretical aspect of my Mechanical Engineering education. It started off with pretty reasonable material that was a simple continuation of Statics (AME 204). The class got really hard really fast, but it’s still enjoyable and I’m learning a lot!

Physics 2 feels just like physics 1, but with electricity and magnetism instead (who would’ve figured!!) I’ve enjoyed this class a lot, and it really takes a lot of thought to understand some of the more complex problems. And our professor is G!

My CS Robotic course has been a good experience, but let’s just say this class has made me realize that I do not want to pursue robotics in the future…

My classes have been awesome, and I can’t wait to tell you guys about my classes next semester!

Loic Alini

Loic Alini

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2021 HOMETOWN: Dublin, California PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @loic.alini On campus I have worked on the SC Racing team, and I'm currently involved with the 3D printing org '3D4E'. Outside of Viterbi, I am involed with volunteering in the community through JEP, and I have interned at Intel.