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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!

 

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a great day! I sure am! This uncharacteristically warm weather (it is 57 out right now!) hitting Boston has definitely been the motivation I’ve needed to get myself up and powering through my days.

The hammocks were brought back out onto the quad on Tuesday! I definitely took advantage of that in between my classes.

The hammocks were brought back out onto the quad on Tuesday! I definitely took advantage of that in between my classes.

I’m so excited to talk about WILD WORDS, the open mic/poetry night I mentioned in my last blog post. It was INCREDIBLE! I was up first and nervous as can be. My best friend, Katie, reassured me all would go well– and it did! I read my original poetry for the first time in front of many familiar Wentworth faces and was embraced with nothing but support and love. There were so many wonderful artists who shared truly beautiful words and music. I’m hoping to see them for the next one on February 18th (mark your calendars).

Here's me reading for the first time ever! Thanks for the picture, Katie!

Here’s me reading for the first time ever! Thanks for the picture, Katie!

Since the last time I wrote, I have been keeping very busy with school work. I am constantly doing homework or studying, but I absolutely love what I am learning about so most days I have no complaints! In my Statics II lab, we have been using industry level machinery to test different characteristics, like strength and ductility, of different kinds of metals. It has been so cool learning about the metals and their properties in my Materials of Civil Engineering course but being able to see those theories come to life in labs truly helps me understand exactly what is going on. For instance, when my Materials professor, Professor Lambrechts, explains what is happening in metals on a molecular level, I can, for the most part, visualize the changes in a metal when a load is applied to it. However, when we go into the lab and run the test, I can really begin to understand first hand why it fractures after a certain point. I love that about Wentworth. The courses we take are more than just theory and words in textbooks and lectures. There is a huge emphasis on hands-on experience so that when you’re at your first co-op, you already have an idea of what to expect.

 

I have been making a very conscious point to stick to my New Year’s Resolution of not taking the city of Boston for granted. While class, homework, and studying take up the majority of my time, I want to make sure I am making the most out of living in such an incredible city. Sometimes, that can be done as easily as going to coffee shop or different library to do homework. However, sometimes, I need to explore without a textbook. In need of a study break, Katie and I took advantage of the Museum of Fine Arts which is right next Wentworth on Huntington Ave. and spent a couple hours pursuing through. As Colleges of the Fenway students, we have a free pass to the MFA! It is always interesting to see the different kinds of art and find fun, little spots to relax and unwind. On this particular trip, some of my favorite pieces were replaced with new works of art. As sad as I was to see them go, it is always great knowing their collection is changing, and I have the ability to be exposed to all kinds of art from all over the world.

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Here’s the view from my favorite study spot– try and figure out where it is!

 

Katie caught me in action walking around this beautiful room of paintings.

Katie caught me in action walking around this beautiful room of paintings.

Before I leave, I have to tell you about what a great time I had last night. My friends and I went out to Boston University to watch the WIT hockey game! As a huge hockey fan, I always have the Bruins playing in the background or am checking the score on my phone as I do homework. But what is even better than that? Going to an actual game! Last night, I rounded up a few friends and we pushed past the rain and rush hour T traffic to support a friend on the team. I’m so glad we went! I bumped into a couple of my Civil professors from semesters past — I love how involved our faculty is! They are always findings ways to support students in the classroom, and it is so great seeing them do it on their time off. My friends and I had a blast. Our guys played great, and the team won 4-3. The last minute of the game became very intense as the opposing team took their goalie out to play on the ice, but our goalie was quick and precise blocking shots left and right. It was definitely one of those on-the-edge-of-your-seat games.

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You can’t see the score, but we were up by 2 at this point!

 

I’ll see you next time! Hopefully, I am equipped with more Boston adventures and hockey wins!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my first blog post as an Admissions Student Blogger! I am so excited to share my academic and social experiences at Wentworth with you and hope they offer insight on what life at Wentworth is like. Before I delve into my first post, I wanted to let you know a little bit about me. I am a sophomore studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Business Management on the Project Management track. I have two work study positions: one is at the Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP), the volunteer division of Wentworth that enhances our relationship with our community, and the other is at the Annual Fund Office, where I work with Alumni Relations. I love Wentworth for a myriad of reasons, but one of my favorites is all of the clubs I am involved in! I am the Vice President of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, a member of the Wentworth student chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi: Epsilon Kappa chapter, and a member of the Student Alumni Society. Aside from Wentworth, I love running, exploring Boston, and writing poetry.

Over winter break, I went back home to Central Mass and found some much needed relaxation. In an effort to stay productive and engaged with my major, I worked at the Massachusett’s Department of Recreation and Conservation as an Environmental Engineering intern. There I continued refining my CAD (a software used for computer drafting) skills and learned a great deal about exactly what Environmental Engineers do on a day to day basis. It was a very interesting and fun job, and I hope to be back working on breaks! On my free time, I took advantage of having a car, playing my favorite CDs, and going on long drives — no one tells you how much you’re going to miss the simple things like driving when you go away to college! I made sure to spend as much time with family and friends before my much needed winter break came to an end. We went to all of our favorite local restaurants, watched Christmas movies on end, and caught up on each other’s lives. After all of my bittersweet goodbyes, I was tremendously ready to come back to Wentworth and see all of my friends!

Here's a picture of me with my hometown best friends at our annual holiday party. We've been doing it since we were sophomores in high school! Crazy to think we are now sophomores in college!

Here’s a picture of me with my hometown best friends at our annual holiday party. We’ve been doing it since we were sophomores in high school! Crazy to think we are now sophomores in college!

Living with your friends is easily one of the best parts of college. I am lucky enough to live with three of my best friends. I am even luckier that we all have very similar living preferences so we all co-exist in pure harmony. The moment I stepped back on campus I was greeted by the warmest of hugs and laughter–I didn’t even realize I had missed them that much until I saw them! We quickly started planning out all of the new goals we had for the spring, the restaurants we had to try, and the places we needed to explore. Unfortunately, this semester, our suite of six went down to a suite of four due to two of our suite mates moving out for their co- op semesters. However, we have two new roommates who are absolutely wonderful! I somehow lucked out again! It has only been about two weeks, but I can already tell we are going to have an incredible semester together!

Here are my roommates! There's Alanna, me, Michaela, Tonii, and Katie. Our other roommate Elana is here in spirit!

Here are my suite mates! There’s Alanna, me, Michaela, Tonii, and Katie. Our other roommate Elana is here in spirit!

Well, I am only one full week into the semester, and it is safe to say I am busy as can be! My classes have taken off, and my planner is marked up left and right in red ink indicating important due dates, quizzes, and exams. I am constantly mapping out my day to figure out when I can squeeze in time to do everything that needs to be done AND sleep! There are times when I truly wish I could add a few more hours into the day. But, even with a full course load, jobs, and clubs, it is all 100% possible. All it takes is time management! After I picked out my classes last semester and got my final schedule, I immediately went to this online schedule maker and put in my classes. After I had gone to each of my classes and got a sense of the time commitment each class required, I then went back to that website and added in times of when I could work on certain classes. For instance, my Civil Engineering Materials class is a very heavy homework based class. The homework is assigned Friday and due the next Friday. I blocked off two hours on Thursday and two hours on Saturday to get that done. However, my Differential Equations Calculus class has homework assignments sporadically due throughout the week so it is a little harder to block off time periods to do that work. Instead, I set an hour five nights a week to work on it aside form reviewing my notes. For me, math requires practice in order for me to excel at it, so I like doing practice problems out of the textbook to make sure I know what I am doing. Being specific with when I do my work helps me stay on track. When you are taking a lot of difficult classes, it is easy to get behind if you aren’t doing your work on a timely manner. Last semester, I found my weekends full of homework and studying, I felt like every week was just filled to the brim with work and no relaxation. To alleviate that, I have set a new goal to finish all of my homework by Saturday so I can have a whole day to myself on Sunday. So far, so good. Any work done on Sunday is minimal, and I have avoided late nights! On this week’s day off I went to the Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum with my suite mate, Elana. It’s right behind my dorm!

The courtyard at the museum!

The courtyard at the museum!

To finish off this first blog post, I want to talk about one of my favorite parts of Wentworth: WILD. WILD stands for Women’s Institute for Leadership Development. It was created by a wonderful friend and role model, Rachel Keen. This is a student group dedicated to supporting women with leadership goals and taking an active role in resolving community wide issues that affect women while create a safe space for women on campus. Our club talks about prevalent issues for women on a local and larger scale. Last semester our President, Seantel Trombley, organized our first ever open mic/poetry night called WILD WORDS. As someone who loves reading and writing poetry, this event was very near and dear to me. It opened the door for several people to share their thoughts, music, and passions in a supportive, open atmosphere. This event was such a hit that we are doing it again. This Thursday, Pavement Coffee on Commonwealth Ave. is holding the second WILD WORDS. It will be the first time I am reading my original poetry, and I am so excited. There definitely are some nerves, but I truly am feeling pretty great. The people that came last time were so encouraging and supportive that I know I’m going to feel just fine. I cannot wait to tell you how it goes in my next blog post.

See you soon!