Happy Mother’s Day!



Shout-out to both my mom and my step-mom for dealing with me and my siblings, only they could do so with such integrity. Love you both! Have a wonderful day – even if I can’t be there myself.

[Yes, these pictures are a bit old…]


Time for New Shoes


What better way to motivate myself to get into better shape than buying new running shoes?

Also, I’ve had my previous pair for over 5 years….whoops. I know you’re supposed to buy new ones every year (some say 6 months?!).

I’m honestly only about 10 lbs away from my goal weight (145 lbs). I then want to tone and get a flat stomach for the first time in my life.

Whoops again, sorry for delving into my fitness goals there. Just wanted to show off my new shoes!

Exciting Day: Positives All Around

The past 24 hours have been very exciting for me personally.

  1. Grades. My GPA rose ever so slightly and I walked away from an 18-credit-hour semester with A’s and B’s. Hard work does indeed pay off! I busted my arse to balance classwork, extra-curricular activities (ASCE Presidential duties, mainly), and my social life. 
  2. Money. When checking my grades I also checked out my financial ‘stuffs’ for next semester. I expected nothing since it’s only May but, to my surprise and delight, I discovered that I received a $3000+ scholarship! I’m hoping for more to roll in as the summer progresses so I once again don’t have to take out a private loan.
  3. Representation. Today I was also notified that I was selected to be a College of Engineering Ambassador! Apparently I beat out 10 other Civil Engineering applicants (they only take 2-3 from each School) – which is not surprising given my rather solid resume/experience. It also helped that I completely rocked the interview a few weeks ago.

I don’t consider this bragging; but if you do, oh well. It’s called a personal blog for a reason and no one is forcing you to read it!

Summer To-Do List

With 5 finals to study for this coming week, the obvious solution to this problem is to go ahead and come up with a list of tasks to do for the summer, right? Indeed. 

  • Study for LEED Green Associate‘s Exam – I’ve been meaning to do this since last Fall but between classes and ASCE-related business, I found little time. However, with summer comes no classwork and more time. 
  • Workout at least 4 times a week – for the same reason as above, I’ve been slacking in the fitness department this past couple of months. Last summer my college had limited facilities but now our new Co-Rec is open which means I actually enjoy working out in our new, state-of-the-art facility. 
  • Further my proficiency with BIM software – I learned how to use Autodesk’s Revit program during my sophomore year of high school and I’ve used it quite often since. However, A/E firms these days are increasing their use of BIM software and therefore it’s a preferred skill when looking to hire. Consider this a way to increase my ‘marketability.’ 
  • Learn how to use more Energy Modeling software – I want to learn how to use more versions of Energy Modeling software (EnergyPlus, eQUEST, etc.) for the same reasons I want to further my expertise with BIM software. As an Architectural Engineer, most of my work will or may rely heavily on energy models. 
  • Go day-hiking more – I love the outdoors and I can’t wait to have the time to finally go on more hikes and possibly go camping. Last summer I went canoeing with some friends for the 4th of July and it was a jolly good time. I hope to do a similar outing this summer, with a higher frequency. 

There may be more but as I sit here chastising myself for not studying I cannot think of any more activities. Until I think of more consider this my tentative Summer To-Do List.