Hey everyone, welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Hope the first Monday back wasn’t too difficult for all of you guys. I didn’t travel home for Thanksgiving because it’d be way too far, but I still had a pretty good vacation from work. I definitely needed it, because the week before Thanksgiving was so long! My iCal basically blew up in rainbow colors – deep blue for classes, light blue for meetings, green for fun stuff, purple for school events, and red for work. From Sunday to Thursday was half split between the two shades of blue, with green and purple boxes at the ends, and red boxes accentuating the few empty spots left over. Here’s the breakdown of that week:
Discounted pedicure with GirlSHMC
GirlSHMC (the club for traditionally girly things at Harvey Mudd) organized a nail salon trip on Saturday. With their budget they subsidized $10 for a pedicure, so my friend Michelle and I jumped on this great deal. Besides, we were both feeling pretty unproductive that day anyway. It was super relaxing and I had some great quality girl time.
Unfortunately this week it suddenly got super cold – cold to the point where I can no longer wear flip flops and show off my French tipped toes. Sigh…such bad timing.
Registration for our spring semester classes also happened. In college, this means that all you see on your Facebook newsfeed is schedules, schedules, schedules. Here’s a photo and a link to my schedule so you can read about all the fun courses I’ve signed up for! Also, you can see how many people will be in each of these classes by clicking on that link. It’ll answer all your classes about ‘How big will my classes be at Mudd?’ Answer: Comfortably small
Clinic site visit
My Clinic team visited our sponsor company – Eaton Aerospace – in Glendale, CA to have a preliminary design review this Thursday. We’re working on direct drive servo valves – don’t worry if you don’t know what that means because I didn’t until this Clinic project. We brought some of the designs that we’ve been working on, and presented the pros and cons of each to some of their most expert engineers in machining, mechanical design, hydraulics, and servo valves. It was such an enriching experience to get their feedback on our designs and it felt amazing to hear from that they were very satisfied with our presentation, considering these people have been doing this kind of work for so many years already. We had all been working so hard to put the presentation together and do extra research and analysis for this site visit. Starting Sunday week we had met up and worked for about 5 hours every day up to Thursday. All those hours in the computer lab paid off!
Every year the International Place of the Claremont Colleges hosts the International Banquet, where students serve dishes from all over the world and put on performances representative of many cultures. The Banquet happened on Saturday, and I volunteered as an event photographer there. Here are a quick snapshots:
Also, if you want to know more about the Banquet, you can read last year’s post about it here.
My partner Lisa and I worked together to model a Gantry trolley this week for Prof Cha’s Dynamics of Elastic Systems class. In the class we examine all kinds of configurations of spring-mass-damper models and analyze them using all of the math that we learned during the Core, plus a little bit of signals and systems (which is the one engineering course that is part of Core). For the first class project we examined the motion of a Gantry trolley – modeled as a cart attached to a spring with a simple pendulum attached to the bottom of it.
So after all of this, I finally got to relax during Thanksgiving break. My boyfriend Sachit and I made aglio olio pasta, buttered carrots, and tomato basil soup for Thanksgiving dinner. Then we went Black Friday shopping with our friend Paul. We went to Target first – just for groceries and not for any of the huge TV/vacuum cleaner/video game sales they were having…we went just because we really wanted some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after a huge dinner Afterwards, we headed to a huge outlet mall. Most of my purchases were food –Auntie Anne’s cinnamon-sugar pretzels and Haagen Daz’s chocolate milkshake — plus some gifts for my family. The two boys had a great time shoe shopping though – for a while I took the role of the stereotypical ‘boyfriend’ tagging along on a girls’ shopping trip, which wasn’t as bad as men make it out to be!
I hope all of you guys had a good Thanksgiving break. We all need a short vacation once in a while, and now I’m definitely ready to get back into work and finish off strong for the end of the semester. Please let me know if you have any questions/comments and have a great week everyone!