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As the semester ends and I sit at my desk spending countless hours studying for exams I am thinking about how thankful I am to have an awesome roommate to come back to after classes everyday. Abbie is my biggest supporter everyday. No matter how stressed or upset I am she always manages to cheer me up. From the beginning of the semester she has had my back every day, dancing to Christmas music with me in the mornings to wake ourselves up and always having chocolate bars and sour patch kids ready when I need them the most. The entire semester has been like one long sleepover with my best friend. If I am running late to class and forget a book that I need I always have someone to call who will help me out. When I am preparing for a really hard exam I have someone who will stay up all night and study with me. Best of all, I have a roommate that is always as excited as me to have a grilled cheese date. Not sure how I would have survived the semester without you Ab, thanks for everything.

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Something I learned this semester: school is a lot harder than I thought it would be. While I may only be a sophomore, my workload this semester was pretty intense and I came to the realization that it was going to take a lot more work and effort to get the grades I wanted to get. That being said, I worked hard to study for my exams and get all of my homeworks, projects, and papers in on time. There were many days that I spent studying material that I just could not seem to understand no matter how much I looked at my notes.

A friend of mine recommended going to the Center for Academic Excellence and making an appointment with a tutor to help me in the class. I really did not want to do this. I felt like getting tutored would make me look dumb for not understanding what was going on in class. But I really didn’t understand. I make an appointment with a tutor and it was much better than expected. He helped me with my homework and clarified everything that I felt my professor did not explain well. By taking an hour out of my week, I significantly improved my understanding of the material and my grade in the class. Being tutored was not a humiliating experience at all. Instead I felt a lot better about the course and my tutor was super nice and helpful. So, something more important I learned this semester is to take advantage of help that people are offering because it can make a huge difference.

Last week I finished up my last class of the Wentworth Co-op Institute, a 7 week class designed to prepare students to talk to employers and start finding their co-ops. Being able to spend time working in the industry before graduating is one of the best things that Wentworth has to offer. It’s great to be able to do a few different jobs to get a feel for the field that you will be working in and determine what interests you most about your field.

The office of Co-ops and Careers hold many networking events such as a career fair and mock interview day to give you time to meet employers and also get practice interviewing and networking. I have talked to a lot of other students who have already completed co-ops and everything they have told me is getting me excited to find a co-op and start getting more professional experience. I am a little nervous but also very excited for this opportunity. I just have started looking at job postings and writing some cover letters. Hopefully I will be able to report back to you guys with good news about finding a job, but until then, let the co-op searching begin!

Living in the city of Boston is awesome for college students because the entire city feels like your home. While Wentworth’s campus is fairly small, it’s awesome to have the city at your fingertips. However, when you are trying to sleep and fire trucks and police cars are driving past your dorm building at 3 AM the busy city life starts to become less homey. I am thankful that we have a place on campus to go and hangout that is away from the business of the city. The quad at Wentworth is one of my favorite places to hangout. On a sunny afternoon I love to go to the quad and lay in a hammock with my friends or do some homework at one of the picnic tables. There are also many events that take place on the quad during the school year. Some of these events include barbeques, fresh check day, the consent fair, and activities fairs.

The other day while hanging out on the quad a friend of mine came to fly a new drone that he bought. This is one of the many reasons to hangout on the quad. I got to fly the drone and see the entire Wentworth campus from an aerial view. Yes, flying a drone is super nerdy but it was a very cool experience and drew a lot of attention to the quad. This was a nice break from class and something fun to do. So, I would recommend hanging out on the quad because you never know what you’re going to see.

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Thursday was the day of my final presentation for my semester long engineering design project. Over the past 3 months, myself and 3 other students have been working on our freshman design project to make something that would solve some type of problem. We were finally able to wrap things up this past week, finish our project and present it at the Wentworth freshman expo. The past 3 months have flown by. I remember the first day that I came back winter break thinking how long spring semester would be with all of that classes I was taking. Instead, spring semester flew by and as my freshman year comes to an end, I can’t help but think how fast the time went and how I wish I had more time at school. Freshman year was full of great memories and I can’t wait for the next 4 years here at Wentworth.

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This post is long overdue, but I wanted to tell you guys about my experience on the Alternative spring break trip at Wentworth. At the end of my fall semester at Wentworth I heard about the opportunity to spend spring break in another state doing different types of community service work and was very interested. I found out more information and ended up applying to go on a trip to either San Diego, Washington D.C. or to stay in Boston. These trips are run through Wentworth’s Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) on campus. They help students who attend Wentworth as well as students and residents of the greater Boston area.

I went through the interview process and was selected to join the trip going to Washington D.C. for spring break. During the week that we were there we volunteered at several different places. One of the places that we volunteered at was called Food and Friends. This company services over 2700 people per day who cannot get out to stores to buy or prepare their own food. They prepare meals and grocery packages and deliver every day. Working with this organization as well as the other organizations we worked for make me much more appreciative of the things that many people take for granted.

Even being a Wentworth student and being able to afford a college education is a privilege that I know I am very lucky to have.  Taking this trip to Washington D.C. made me appreciate so much. I was able to meet so many different people that I would not have normally met on campus because they were not people who crossed my path previously. Taking this trip helped me to feel like a bigger part of the Wentworth community and the Boston community. It was an awesome program and working with the CLP was great. I would advise any Wentworth student to check out the CLP and maybe apply for an alternative spring break trip next year!

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Knowing that there is not a large population of women at Wentworth, every year the admissions office runs a women’s overnight program for students who have already been accepted to Wentworth. This past Thursday I had the opportunity to host one of the girls staying overnight to figure out if Wentworth is right for them. Some of my other roommates also got to host a prospective student. This event was exciting for us because about a year ago we were in the same shoes as the girls trying to decide where they want to go to college.

The night started off by the hosts meeting the prospective students in the multipurpose room to hear a talk from Dean Wenner about how the women at Wentworth really do make an impact. We saw statistics about how the 20% of women on this campus amounts to a lot more than 20% when looking at certain aspects of campus. Then the entire group of us met on the steps of Wentworth hall to take a picture and head to dinner at Fire and Ice, which was paid for by admissions. The girls came back to our dorm to stay the night and see what a typical night is like on campus. The girls got to shadow us to class the next day to see if they liked the feel of the classes and decide if they would be a good fit for them. I think this event was such a successful event because it helped me decide that I wanted to spend the next 4 years at Wentworth as well as many other people I met at my overnight. It was awesome to receive a text from the student staying with me saying “I will definitely be back at Wentworth next year”.

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Beautiful Day in Boston

February 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

Yesterday in Boston it was 61 degrees out and the perfect weather to explore the city. Lots of times when the weather is nice I am stuck inside doing homework, but yesterday I had no work to get done so my roommate and I decided to go for a walk to the Charles River. We started off by walking down Huntington Ave to look for a place to get something to drink for the walk. We quickly got to the symphony T stop and decided to turn towards the Charles River to look at the view of the river. Once we got to the bridge we took the footpath around the river and found a dock to sit on for a while. We ended up sitting on this dock for over an hour enjoying the sunshine and ducks swimming by us. When the sun started to go down we started to walk back to campus. On the way we stopped at Boston University and walked back through the Fenway area. Going for walks is one of my favorite things to do in Boston and getting out on a nice day is so relieving after spending so much time with my head stuffed in a book. If you get the chance to take some time off from studying, take a walk around the city on a nice day and enjoy being able to live in such an awesome city.

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Snow Day

February 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today was my first snow day at Wentworth. We got an email around 5 this morning saying that classes were canceled and to enjoy our snow day. This was a much needed day to sleep in and get some rest after the insanely busy week that just passed. I thought that spring semester was going to be a breeze and go by quickly like first semester, but so far I have had a lot of work.

Last week was the start of my leadership path here at Wentworth. To apply for leadership positions here, you have to write an essay and send in a resume and attend classes for the Wentworth Leadership Institute. Last week all of the students applying for a leadership position had to attend group process, which is a night to test our leadership and team building skills. This was different than any type of interview I have ever gone to. We did different activities such as building a tower with various supplies and making skits about Wentworth. The evaporators judged us on how well we worked as a team and how well we performed our tasks. Today I had my interview for the RA position that I applied to and I an eager to find out the results.

I would encourage anyone who wants to get more involved on campus to join the leadership institute and apply for leadership positions. Going out for these positions really has helped my interview skills and also made me feel more confident as a student leader.

So today I went to my Engineering Economy class and the professor was telling us about inflation and comparing percentages and stopped in the middle to tell us that we had already finish 20% of our semester in that class. At first I didn’t believe him because it seems like we haven’t had many classes, but when we looked at the calendar, he was right. We just had our 5th class of the semester today, but we only meet 25 times so technically the semester is 20% over. Things move so much faster when you are in college, it’s crazy. It seems like Monday-Friday is all one day and then the weekend hits and it always comes as a surprise. While the semester may be 20% completed, we still have only had 5 classes so the professors don’t know all of the students yet. It’s a weird place to be.

Even though the semester is already flying by, I am enjoying my classes so far. This semester I had to move my schedule around to take different classes then I would have liked to take and ended up taking 2 Economy classes. These classes are like nothing I have ever learned before. Being an engineering major, I have always loved math and science and not cared much about any other subject. I have also never really followed the news or paid attention to social media because I wasn’t very interested. Now, I have 2 classes that require me to take interest in the news and the stock market on a daily basis and I’m learning things that are completely new and interesting to me. I didn’t want to take the classes originally because I figured I would be one of the only kids in the class who had no previous knowledge of economics, but I think college is the perfect time for me to learn all of these things that I wouldn’t have a change to learn other places. Many things that I have heard people say about the economy, even politicians are proving to be wrong according to the information presented in these classes. It will be interesting to see what I will know and be able to follow in the news with the knowledge that I take from these classes.

Maybe we are 20% done but I am looking forward to the other 80% coming my way.