It has been approximately 3.006e+6 seconds since fellow Oliner, Brennan VandenHoek, and I pulled out of my driveway in Portland, Oregon and began the round-about sixteen-day cross-country trek (in a VW golf) from the great PNW to the long awaited destination of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
It's Haley again, now reporting to you as a sophomore! (Weird how that happens...) I've noticed that I tend to direct my posts towards Prospies, but I realize that not everyone who reads the OLINsider is one. So, if you aren't actually a prospective student (hi mom!), just pretend that you are. It'll be fun.
If you're anything like I was when I was a Prospie, then you've probably been dying to know what the schedule of a typical Oliner looks like! If that's the case... well, you aren't exactly in luck. Despite our small size, there is a lot to do here. I don't know the actual numbers, but I do know that our club-to-student ratio is ridiculous. Factor in classes, co-curriculars, passionate pursuits, research, and a whole assortment of other activities, and you've got endless scheduling possibilities! So, while I couldn't possibly show you a "typical" schedule, nor tell you about every single thing that's going on here, I can show you my schedule, which will hopefully allow you a sufficient glimpse into at least some aspects of student life here at Olin.
Since I'm not sure if I'll be able to blog again, I wanted to take this chance to write one last post. So here it goes!
Just over a week ago was commencement (click to see some great 15 words).
That's right, dear readers. I, along with the rest of 2014, graduated. Crazy, right?
I think the scariest part is that it hasn't sunk in. I still feel like I will be returning in the fall, surrounded by my best friends.
I wanted to take this chance to list out some of the things I think Olin has helped me discover:
Imagine, if you will: Finals are approaching, steadily, on the horizon. Classes have just ended, and a meager three days are left before the oncoming mass of due dates. And what will Olin students be doing?
Now, "finishing projects" or "making posters" are perfectly reasonable guesses, but this is Olin we're talking about.
We decided last year that three days between the end of classes and the start of finals is much too much, and decided to do something special with one of them. And thus, Build Day was born.
What is "Build Day," you ask?
(See more @BuildOlin.)
Build Day is the day when the whole Olin community (students, faculty, staff, administration--everyone) gets together and says, "We love this place. But we want to make it better." Some really awesome projects happened, and there was planting, discussing, and baking galore. The Dining Hall even got into it, having Build Your Own Pizza, Hamburgers, Tacos, and Cupcakes for lunch. It was an incredible event to be a part of, and I can't wait for Build Day 2015. (Well actually I can, because I can't even think about being halfway to graduation. Which leads me to...)
Congrats to Olin's Class of 2018!
You've all worked really hard to make it here, and Nagy's blog the a few days ago was 100% true. So relax! I have a feeling you made the right choice. You'll be here this fall...
See ya real soon!
Michael, c/o '17
Hey you! So how's your life been? Mine's been stressful like usual, but so many interesting things have happened in the last few weeks I don't even know what I want to write about. I guess I'll focus on my "field trip" to Artisan's Asylum, a Makerspace in Cambridge.
This trip was actually part of the Hydraulic and Pneumatics Seminar I registered for. Seminars are new courses this year and Gui is teaching this specific one(unfortunately he's not teaching next year). For the last few weeks we have been learning about hydraulics and we took a field trip so we could play with some of the things in hydraulic systems.
Working with hydraulics for the first time was as terrifying as we had been warned that they had a high capacity to hurt someone if not assembled correctly. It was also really cool and frustrating at times since the direction things were pointing when they were "screwed in" mattered and we had to make sure that the systems were bled and that there was enough oil in all of the hose. Suffice to say everyone's hands were oily by the end of it, which made using tools an added challenge.
The big moment was when we let it run and nothing leaked or blew up. The cylinders all worked and everything actuated like it was supposed to.
I'm so glad I took this seminar as it has taught me a lot about a field I knew nothing about. It has made me more comfortable working with slightly atypical systems that have different circuits and components. And of course going on field trips to do hands-on engineering is always exciting!
P.S Remember last post when I talked about ice skating? I finally found a gif of the really cool move from my favorite skater. As far as my progress is going, I've been learning waltz jumps, toe loops, and a Salchow. I can also finally do backwards crossovers!