- August 30th, 2009
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My blog has been rather stagnant lately, and for that I do apologize. I cannot make any promises that updates will be lengthy, or regular, over course of this semester. Instead of reading to the end to discover my point, I will come right out and say it. If you are considering taking a break from school, don’t. While my break was a bit different from most others, it was still a break. In the past eight years, I have seen few reasons to really engage my brain. Leaving the University of Texas at Arlington, and my mechanical engineering studies, essentially sent me into a period of mentally lethargic existence that lasted nearly a decade.
After a year, and an enjoyable one at that, of studying journalism at Texas State University I decided I had rested my mind long enough. This is not to say there are not great minds in the field of journalism, or that I have turned my back on clear communication. I was simply not challenged by that course of study. At some point during the spring of 2009, I came to the conclusion that I ought to finish what I started in the fall of 2001. Applications went out, and I ultimately decided to resume my mechanical engineering studies at the University of Houston.
August 24, 2009, was my first day back in engineering school. I have started back where most do, with calculus. Chemistry is on the table as well, but I’ve always found general chemistry to be very clear and simple. Calculus has beaten me before, but it will not beat me again. Such a long wait between my last meeting with Newton’s language for describing physics and the present day put me at something of a disadvantage to my much younger peers. Fortunately, I have seen this before and have the discipline to recognize when I need assistance. The tutoring center at UofH has been quite useful already.
One of the most immediate things I noticed was that now there are quite a few women going after engineering degrees. I only needed a single finger to count the number of women in any of my engineering classes at UTA. There are dozens of women in my chemistry for engineers class. That change is, of course, quite welcome.
Another pleasant note is that I rather like the campus at UofH. Before actually attending UofH, I never really took the time to walk around campus. There is a lot of diversity here, and the atmosphere is not at all displeasing. Sure, I wish it had a crystal clear river flowing through campus, but you cannot win them all. While I do, in general, hate Houston I do not see the lack of things I wish to do as a necessarily bad thing. Combine a campus on which I have no problem spending time with a city I prefer to avoid, and I am left with a pretty good recipe for academic success.