September 2011 Archives

Farewell for now, Olin; hello, Leeds!

Hello from the north of England!

I'm one of twelve or so members of the class of 2013 not currently hitting the books in Needham; some are studying away, some have taken a leave of absence to work or travel. I chose to study away at the University of Leeds this semester, looking for a bit of a change from engineering classes, suburb life, and the cushy set-up we have at Olin. To be perfectly blunt, I needed a break from Olin. I love it, and wouldn't choose any other school, but I knew that I needed some time away if I was to fully appreciate it again.

My international experience before this trip consisted of approximately eight hours in Canada last February. Needless to say, I was nervous, but excited to get going!

We're Still Alive!

I just wanted to take the time to assure our avid readers that the Olin student bloggers - and the rest of the student body - is still alive and well! Unfortunately, a happy Oliner is a busy Oliner, which often means we fail horribly at keeping our blogs up-to-date. I, for example, still have 150 pages of Uncle Tom's Cabin to read, half a Relativity problem set, some Linear Algebra, and some German to finish before tomorrow. But I decided while I'm sitting in this lovely Wellesley coffee shop on this lovely autumn afternoon, I should take the time to catch you all up on the start of a new semester.

With regards to my summer research, we finished out abstract and submitted it to the conference organizers in early August. They will let us know if we are accepted to the conference sometime in November, but we will still write a formal paper regardless. I won't be working on it much until late October because of my course schedule.

I am taking Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Relativity, Six Books that Changed the World, Science Fiction & Historical Context, Dynamics, and German (at Wellesley College!). It's a long list, but it's only 18 credits since the first 5 courses are all only half a semester. I am front-loading my semester so that whilst the first six weeks are going to be (and already are) exceptionally busy, it will leave the second-half almost entirely empty. And it's during that time that I can commit myself to my research, my extracurriculars, and of course this blog. 

Anyway, time to get back to work. Until next time!

-B

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