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Hi everyone!

It is the Monday after Spring Break, and honestly, I am finding it a little difficult to shake off vacation-mode. But, we are in the homestretch! Only five more weeks of the semester left so it is time to get back into the swing of things.

Last week for Spring Break, I had the incredible opportunity of participating in Alternative Spring Break. It is a program run through the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships which is department of Wentworth that facilitates and strengthens our relationship with the community through service projects. Last August, I went on a trip with five other Civil Engineering students to build drainage systems for a few non-profit wiffle ball fields in Vermont. Last semester, I worked with the CLP and a professor to design and organize a student-run build for an outdoor staircase at a local elementary school. The CLP always has various volunteer projects going on, so if that is something you enjoy doing, Wentworth has got that for you! Another program they run is Alternative Spring Break. In November, applications are sent out for participating in a week long service trip. After an interview process, students are chosen to take part in one of the three groups. Each group goes to a different part of the country and gets involved in different organizations. In past years students have gone to Florida, California, and Texas! This year, ASB took place in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Diego. I was lucky enough to be a part of the San Diego group!

My week in San Diego has easily been one of the most inspiring, eye-opening experiences in my life. I along with 12 other students left last Saturday to an entirely new environment. At first, I was a bit nervous. I didn’t know many people in my group that well. As someone who has very close friends, the uncertainty of clicking with people was a bit worrisome. However, on the ride to the airport, I was quickly reassured. Everyone on the trip somehow worked so well together despite our differences. This was such an integral part as to why our trip was such a success.

We arrived in San Diego at our hostel and was quickly greeted by such friendly, laid back people who worked there. You know how people say that people in California are just so nice and carefree? Well, that was EXACTLY what we found at our quirky, homey hostel.

Here is the outside of hostel! It has flags from some of the places

it’s former residents!

The hostel was full of murals that made our stay

feel very homey!

 

We spent the week at various organizations to manifest our theme of “Touching Lives”. We saw how our work at the San Diego Food Bank came full circle at the Third Avenue Chartiable Organization. The meals served at TACO are frequently made from food from the Food Bank! Talk about a 360 moment! We worked with Border Angels to help immigrants who are looking for better lives for themselves and their families in small but impactful ways. For me, it was definitely a very moving experience coming from a family of immigrants. It reminded me to never take for granted that life and freedom I have as well as how brave my parents were to leave their home country to an entirely new life. Next, we spent a day at a construction site for Habitat for Humanity. I worked on building cabinets. While that may have not been huge heavy lifting, it was really great being able to picture families putting food in these cabinets and knowing I was helping them make a home not just a house for their family. Lastly, we spent two days in another soup kitchen called Father Joe’s. This was one of our favorite places to volunteer because we saw just how much work went into making something like this possible. We left our hostel both mornings at 5:30am to help serve breakfast and prep for lunch which we later served. As a college student, a 5:30am wake up call is definitely not an easy feat. But to think of the volunteers who do this daily so that the homeless population of San Diego can have a warm meal is awe-inspiring. Being able to interact with people as we were serving them was definitely a highlight. So many people were so kind and thankful regardless of the hardships they face daily. It made me reflect on any of the times I may have taken for granted things in my life and complained. I definitely will think twice before doing that in the future.

Our group at the San Diego Food Bank. That day we packaged

2500 lbs of avocados along with hundreds of ingredients for meals.

Here I am in the deserts of Southern California. We dropped off

gallons of water for immigrants throughout the desert that day.

 

That being said, San Diego wasn’t just all work. With a few power naps after volunteering, we headed to various beaches and explored the city. Being in San Diego’s Little Italy, we were close to downtown where there were tons of restaurants and attractions.

Here is San Diego’s La Jolla Beach; we saw saw many seals here!

Here’s Sydney, Audrey, and me exploring Coronado Beach! So glad we became

such great friends on the trip!

 

Overall, this trip was full of so many incredible new sights, people, ideas, and perspectives. I am so glad that I was able to work with such a great group and wonderful trip supervisor, Nicole from the CLP. I hope to go back to San Diego one day to continue working with these organizations!

Here is our entire trip having lots of fun in the sun!

 

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Hi everyone!

Hope you have all been doing great!

I wanted to tell you guys about something I recently did that was a huge part of deciding to come to Wentworth when I was in your shoes.

Spring of my senior year, I had found out which colleges I had been accepted to and had to start narrowing down my options to my final decision. I knew I definitely wanted to study Civil Engineering; I had that set since I was a sophomore in high school. I had always loved math and science, and I knew I wanted to go into a field where I could create structures in a technical aspect. From there, I wanted to pick a school where I would not just be a number– small class sizes and faculty interaction were very important to me. I also knew I wanted to be somewhere where a lot was going on. I am always looking for something fun to do in my spare time. So as a suburban-raised girl, I was definitely leaning towards a city campus. My choices narrowed down, but the next step was to figure out what would feel like home. Thanks to Wentworth’s Women’s Overnight program, I was able to figure that out.

The Women’s Overnight Program is an incredible experience put on by Admissions for current and prospective students. Current students host a prospective student from Thursday afternoon to their last class on Friday so that the prospective student can get an idea of what their day to day life at Wentworth could be like. The “women’s” aspect of it is something you may be curious about. Currently, Wentworth has a ratio of about 8:2 male to female students. This is common with any engineering and design school. However, through this program, prospective students learn how that ratio is not a disadvantage for them. From Dean Wenner’s Welcome Speech to interacting with their host student, it becomes easy to see just how much opportunity is at Wentworth.

During my Women’s Overnight as a prospective student, I met with my host Kellie, a freshman in Civil Engineering. We first mingled with other current students and prospective students, heard Dean Wenner talk about the statistics within Wentworth that clearly demonstrate how much a student can benefit while there, and then we went to dinner at Fire and Ice, a hibachi-style restaurant which is quite the experience! We then went back to her dorm, and I got to meet even more students. They told me about all of their individual experiences so I was able to get an even better understanding about the school. I was pretty excited about the idea of living in a dorm and getting to create a space for myself there. I began envisioning myself at Wentworth. So much so, her dorm room was the same one I ended up selected for my freshman year! The next day I joined her in a calculus class and an Engineering design class. The calculus class happened to be one where she was having a quiz. Her professor was nice and cracking jokes. He even let me try the quiz out for myself; safe to say, I definitely was not quite at that level, but I was definitely beginning to feel like that in the near future, I could handle something like that at Wentworth. Her Engineering Design class was in a lab with Professor Pritchard, one of my professors that I’d later have my freshman year and whom I still have a great relationship with. Being in a lab and seeing the collaboration between people there was really interesting. It made me wish I was up to speed with their various projects so I could help out! All in all, when I got into the car on the way home, I was thrilled to know where I wanted to be in the fall and for the next four years of my life.

Fast forward to my freshman year, I got an email from Admissions asking if I’d like to be a host for the program. Talk about a 360 moment! I quickly applied for the position, and when the day came to be a host, I was so excited! Freshman year I hosted two girls for both of the overnight dates. It was great being able to relate to them because I was their position not too long ago. I was able to ask questions and answers questions that I knew they’d probably have. Great enough, one of the girls, Liz, is now at Wentworth! Another Civil student! As an enthusiastic student and friend, it is always great seeing Liz walk to class or to lacrosse practice. The relationships I made through the program are definitely lasting. I still text Kellie every so often about which professors to take and questions on classes she has already taken!

Now fast forward to sophomore year. I got the chance to be a host again. This year, Liz was a host as well! As you can see, through this overnight program students really do want to come back to share in how Wentworth has affected them in such a positive light to prospective students. This year was especially great for me to be a host because I had an even better idea of what it is like to be a student at Wentworth both academically and through extra-curriculars. I told the prospective student I was hosting all about the various clubs I am in and all of the events I have been able to attend because while college is first and foremost about the academics, it is so important for students to see what they will be doing on their freetime to reinforce what they learn as well as to learn and enjoy new, different things! I have a strong feeling we will have another student join Wentworth and be a future Women’s Overnight Host!

Thank you to Rachel Freedline and all of Admissions for always, always making sure this experience is as helpful and wonderful as it is. The hard work of Wentworth faculty and staff is something that is always there, and I hope you have the opportunity to see it for yourself!

 

Talk to you soon!

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!