Unfortunately a bit later than the others, I am here to introduce myself as a fourth year blogger. Yup, you guessed it that means I’m a senior here at Norwich University.
Born and raised in Southern Maryland, I ventured north to the mountainous land of Vermont in order to major in Architecture. Once here, I decided I wanted to challenge myself even more; therefore, I decided to become a double major in Architecture and Civil Engineering…two challenging, time-consuming, professional majors. I have definitely made the best of every late night, all night, early morning that has been asked of me since I arrived at Norwich. There is one thing that allows Norwich University to stand out among others: not only does the university itself presents its challenges (two lifestyles on one campus), but when you’re here, you challenge yourself.
While I am a double major, this semester, I am focusing mainly on my engineering degree (for many reasons that I won’t bore you with at the moment), so you won’t be reading much about adventures in studio like I’ve discussed so often in previous years; although, I will be visiting my friends there quite often, if just to deliver treats to keep them motivated. I will have my senior design project for engineering though, so I am sure I will update about that.
The summer leading up to my senior year was certainly a productive one. From Vermont on my last final, I flew to Maryland, where I met up with some friends and family for a couple of days. From Maryland, I drove to Florida (18+ hours in a car) to see my parents and the rest of my family for just over a week. From Florida, I drove out to Texas (another 18 hours) with a detour in New Orleans for a research fellowship with Texas A&M University and the Texas Transportation Institute for about two months. From Texas, I went back to Florida for a final two weeks before I flew back to Vermont.
My research fellowship had me working with researchers in the Texas Transportation Institute office at Texas A&M on a project relating to lighting in nighttime construction zones along highways. Although I am now fairly certain I do not want to pursue transportation engineering, this summer internship gave me great insight and experience in the professional engineering world. It required me to work both my written and verbal communication skills, working in the office and in the field alongside experienced researchers. I am glad I took the opportunity in Texas, despite reservations I had at the beginning of the summer before the program began. Texas was new to me; transportation engineering was new to me. I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out great. I made several professional connects and met a couple great new friends whom I’ll be excited to see whenever I make it back to Texas, or I can persuade them to visit Vermont…
Well, back to first week preparations. I will do my best to update on all the exciting things that happen here and I will provide any advice and suggestions I can from my experience over the past couple of years.
"How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"