Archives For April 2016

Sophomore Year

April 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

Hey everyone!

This is my last post as a sophomore–crazy, I know!

Looking back on the past year, I feel like I have learned so much through experiences in and out of the classroom. I thought I’d take sometime to talk about three of my favorite moments.

1. WILD

Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development was incredible. Working with such amazing women who want to enrich the Wentworth community with their ideas and passion was so great to work with. I believe we made huge strides this year that would not have been possible without the dedication of our members. This summer for three days in June, a few of us are going to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. I am so excited to go to workshops and seminars where we can network with other women who have similar goals as us. Hopefully, we can take what we learn and bring it back to our community.

Here is WILD's president, Seantel, winning the Outstanding Junior Leadership Award at the Wentworth Annual Awards ceremony! I am so proud of her and all that she has and continues to accomplish.

Here is WILD’s president, Seantel, winning the Outstanding Junior Leadership Award at the Wentworth Annual Awards ceremony! I am so proud of her and all that she has and continues to accomplish.

2. Alternative Spring Break

I know I already have an entire blog post about this, but I had to reiterate how great of a week I had! Community service is very important to me, so being able to take part in a week long trip helping another community was so rewarding. All of the different things we did were so enlightening and inspiring–I hope to do them again one day! Additionally, I was able to meet so many interesting people and make wonderful friends. Regardless of our busy schedules, we still make time for each other to catch up. The sense of community this trip brought is very, very special to me.

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Here is the crew from ASB San Diego–so glad I got to spend a week with them taking in the California sun!

3. Friends!

Sophomore year has definitely been one of meeting so many new people. Through classes, clubs, and school trips, I have been able to meet so many great friends. This is truly what makes college as great as it is. Wentworth exposes you to people from all over the state, country, and world. There is always an opportunity to learn from them and to find similarities that bring you together. Being around motivated, hard working individuals makes the academic part that much more enjoyable. Exploring the city with them in our free time is even better! I definitely recommend taking advatange of getting to know as many people as you can. College is the best time to expand your horizons and step out of your comfort zone. If I hadn’t, I never would have met the people I now call friends.

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Thank you for keeping up with my sophomore year! I hope to see you all next year. If you ever catch me on campus, feel free to stop me and say hi!

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Steel Bridge 2016

April 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

Hello there!

I am really excited to share with you guys something I have gotten the chance to be a part of this year! As a Civil Engineering major, I wanted to become more involved in an extracurricular that pertained to what I was learning in class. As a school with a hands-on approach, I wanted to take what I learned in the Wentworth classrooms and apply it elsewhere. Joining Wentworth’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was just the way to do that!

Through ASCE, I have met many upperclassmen who have given me invaluable guidance and advice; they have already been through what I am going through, so who else would know better! While attending the weekly body meetings was fun and a great start in getting to know people, I wanted to become even more involved so I joined the Steel Bridge Team. ASCE hosts two competitions a year. One is the Concrete Canoe Competition where students create a concrete mix, make a concrete canoe, and race their canoes on competition day in various events against different schools. The Steel Bridge Competition is similar. The first semester, the bridge is designed and drafted using various computer programs. Then second semester, it is manufactured and welded together, and the construction of it is practiced by a build team. The bridge is judged on various aspects including aesthetics, how much lateral load it can deflect, and how fast the build time is. Every year a new set of rules comes out in order to make this a challenging project. This year I helped in reviewing CAD shop drawings, creating a part list on Microsoft Excel, and being a part of the build team on competition day.

My favorite part was hands down being a part of the build team. Towards the ends of the semester we would have practices a few nights a week constructing the bridge as fast as we could. We came up with strategies that efficiently used each member of the team so that we could cut our time down. While we were all tired after long days of class and co-op, we always powered through. These practices were honestly my favorite part of the day. I’d come home to my suite mates and tell them about a new record build time or something funny one of the guys said. Between cracking jokes and getting out hands dirty, those practices made sophomore year as great as it was.

My incredible team! (L to R: Gavin, Pat, Pabel, Matt, me, and Lucky!)

My incredible team! (L to R: Gavin, Pat, Pabel, Matt, me, and Lucky!)

This year’s competition was co-hosted by Wentworth and Northeastern. The actual Steel Bridge Competition took place in Matthews Arena on Northeastern’s campus. We woke up bright and early for our 6am call where we were to load our bridge into the arena. Although we didn’t win this year, I have gained so much love and respect for my team and the Civil Engineering world. Students from all of the country passionately spend their free time on a yearlong project—it is quite something to witness. They work hard and tirelessly in order to create something extraordinary. Although I am sad to see my favorite seniors move on to the next chapter of their lives, I am sure I’ll see them again soon. Until then, I cannot wait to begin working on next year’s bridge as co-captain of the team! Hopefully some of your readers will join our team for another great year!

Here are some pictures!

Here is our bridge! Yellow, black, and red to represent the best school ever!

Here is our bridge! Yellow, black, and red to represent the best school ever!

The Matthews Arena where the competition took place!

The Matthews Arena where the competition took place!

Thanks for reading!

Hey guys!

As classes come to a close, finals are soon approaching. This is always a stressful time for many students. There are several last minute quizzes, tests, and due dates to stay on track of in order to finish strong. All the while, you are expected to begin getting ready for your final exams. To add onto that, after Spring Break, it is so easy to fall into “summer mode” where all you want to do is sit down, relax, and enjoy some good weather! Sounds like a lot to handle, right? Although there is a lot going on, it is very much possible to get through it – I swear! Here are some of my tips to stay focused and on track without completely stressing out!

1. Make a list!

With so much going on in a short amount of time, it is so easy to forget what needs to be done. I love making a list of absolutely everything I need to do. I keep track of important due dates on my Google Calendar, write all of my assignments down in my planner, and have a sticky note on my laptop of everything that must get done before I go to bed. Make sure you keep in mind what realistic goals are for you. Studying for a final on a semester’s worth of material AND writing an 8 page paper the night before most likely won’t be done with the same quality as if you spaced it out over a few days. So definitely practice those time management skills your high school teachers are drilling into your head—they will come in handy! Sometimes my lists seem daunting, but nothing quite compares to the satisfaction crossing things of my to-do list.

2. Stick to the list!

This is vital! Writing the list of things you need to do is only half the battle. Actually following through with them is what will lead to success. For me, I like doing my homework with my best friend and suitemate, Katie. We are both Civil Engineering majors so almost all of our classes overlap. Working with a buddy helps us stay motivated in order to power through a tough assignment or do an extra practice problem before a test. However, studying with other people doesn’t work for everyone; it can lead to distractions quickly. In order to avoid that, there are several spaces on campus where you can be alone to do your studying undisturbed.

3. Take a break!

All work and no play is an easy way to get burnt out. By spacing your work out with proper breaks, you are on the right track! Make sure you make time for hanging out with your friends, catching a movie, or just going on a walk around the Fens! I love Wentworth because our Spring Semester finals always fall during Marathon Monday so that we can take the morning off from studying to stand at the finish line for such an incredible event. It is the perfect amount of time to unwind and get refreshed before hitting the books!

I hope these quick tips help you finish strong!

See you soon!