June 2009 Archives

I decided to take two electives this summer; I am finishing up with ‘The Horror Story,’ with Professor Avery, and I am trying to select an elective for the second summer session. Professor Avery is great and it has been a very enjoyable class. I got a 95 on the first exam, and hopefully will do as well or better on the next exam. If I can get A’s in both of my electives this summer it would definitely help raise my GPA. The greatest tool I have used to select classes has been RateMyProfessor.com.

I was planning on taking ‘Intro to Philosophy,’ with Michael Koran, but he did not get the best reviews on ratemyprofessor.com. For this reason I decided to look into other classes. What I am looking for is a class that is enjoyable and not too difficult, since I am trying to follow the path of least resistance in my final year of college. This led me to a choice between two classes, ‘Intro to Sociology’ with Prof. Levon Chorbajian or ‘Short Stories’ with Prof. Madeline Sherlock.

Both of these professors got good reviews, but I will probably end up selecting the ‘Short stories’ class, As it only meets 2-3 times a week, where ‘Intro to Sociology’ meets 4 times a week every week. Hopefully I will earn an A in both of my summer classes to boost my GPA. I am trying to get my cumulative GPA above a 3.0 by the time I graduate, a goal which has proven to be a tough challenge for me.

So when you are selecting classes, remember to check Ratemyprofessor.com, this may help you avoid classes and instructors that are needlessly difficult.

Two weeks ago my car was hit while parked on my street. I dropped my car off at the body shop and picked it up on Monday. Tuesday I got rear ended on the way home from work. Even worse, I didn’t get the guys information. I was pulling over into a parking lot, and as soon as I was in the lot he took off, I didn’t even get his plates. Luckily the damage wasn’t too bad and nothing mechanical was broken. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong with my car. My rear sway bar links are broken, one of my CV boots is torn, and my car also needs a valve cover gasket both axle seals. My car also just rolled over 200,000 miles this week.

So what is the point in fixing my old busted Toyota? I only have one semester left in school, and I would like a new car soon. Ideally, I would like drive this car until I can afford to upgrade. Since I want to live in New England for the next few years, I would like something with 4WD or AWD. It’s kind of difficult to explain the differences between the two of them, but 4WD is typically a little bit better in the snow. But 4WD usually only comes in pickup trucks and large SUVs, and I would rather have a car. The car I want to get is a Subaru WRX.

The Subaru WRX has AWD with traction control, and it comes with a 265 HP turbocharged 4 cylinder boxter engine. I think it would serve as a well rounded car for me; I could drive fast and look nice in it all summer, and then serve as safe transportation in the snowy weather. The only problem that I have with this car is that I can’t afford one. I was hoping to save up a few thousand dollars over the next few months. With that I would hope to negotiate with my parents to split the cost with me as a graduation present, or to use it as a down payment and buy it myself. However, December is a long way away, and if my car breaks before then, or keeps getting hit, I may need to figure something out sooner.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

So today was my first day at Teleflex Medical, the summer internship I have acquired over these past few weeks. I am glad that I was able to obtain this position, because not only does it pay very well, but it will also look very good on my resume. It was very short notice, and it is a long drive to get there, but it should be an excellent experience.

They say that “every new beginning marks some other beginnings end,’ which couldn’t be more true. This past Saturday was my last day working at Commonwealth Honda in Lawrence. I had been working there since the beginning of last fall. Although the job did not help me in my career, it did serve as a means of paying bills for my apartment. I also made some very good friends while working there. I consider myself lucky to have been able to get the job there in such a tough economy.

So my first day on the job was pretty interesting. I was working with one of my classmates from UML. Together we were testing the process of cold stretching heat shrink tubing for a new product. This is what a lot of the job entails, and I look forward to becoming more familiar with the machine. It is also nice to be working with one of my classmates because now we have the option of commuting together to save gas. I hope that soon I will be given my own project to work on over the summer. I will be sure to write an update once I become more familiar with the job.

This summer I am taking a class called The Horror Story (42.217), which is taught by Dr. Todd Avery. The class is held from 7:00PM to 10:15PM twice a week for five weeks. The class also holds two Friday classes for a total of 12 classes. This class is an arts and humanities (AH) elective. To get a degree in engineering, you must take three AH electives and two social science (SS) electives. This is the first of my AH electives, and so far it is very interesting.

Dr. Avery is having us read four books over the summer, they are listed below:

·         “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

·         “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H.G. Wells

·         “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

·         “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson

We spend the class talking about these books, reading short stories, and watching scary videos online. There are only two tests, which the questions are discussed in class. The best part is that we spend the two Friday classes watching movies. I am especially excited about the class because I have always had trouble reading books. We are just starting to read Frankenstein, and it hasn’t quite got me hooked yet, but I’ve heard it has that effect. I’ll keep you posted on how the class turns out.

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