How to explain my extended absence this time, readers? It’s not that I haven’t had time. That’s my usual excuse. I have had time. It’s thoughts I’ve been short on. Senioritis. I’m at a loss for anything interesting to say about school.
I’m going to go on another rant about group projects. I know I’ve written about that before, but that was an eloquent, well thought-out post, whereas this is just going to be me bitching. Here goes. The team thing is just out of control. Senior design project: teams of five. Alternative energy projects: teams of two. Heat transfer lab: write the lab reports in teams of two or three. Heat transfer lab project: teams of three.
Up until this past semester, I’ve been a bit of a lone wolf when it comes to homework and studying. I work best by myself so I can spend time tackling problems quietly and looking through notes and books when I need to understand something better. I have spent countless hours at my favorite coffee shop working through problem sets and searching for help online. This has always worked really well for me and I enjoy it. I learn well by reading and reviewing examples and then working through problems on my own, building up different tips and tricks in my head as I make mistakes and then correct them. It’s a solitary process, perfect for my highly analytical, introverted self.
Photo courtesy of Sherwood411’s photostream on Flickr.
Another brand new fall semester is almost upon us. Soon bikes will start shooting out of nowhere, the sidewalks will resemble the crowd at Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve and I will be able to crowd surf down the halls of the engineering building. Fall is exciting, but also a little intimidating. The career and internship advice flyers go back up on the backs of the bathroom doors. The student groups recruit in earnest. Something about fall makes me feel very “non-traditional.”
It’s not New Year’s, it’s campus in September! Photo courtesy of Bill Larkin’s photostream on Flickr.