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…]
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!
The past 24 hours have been very exciting for me personally.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.