Monday, April 30, 2012

Semester ends!

The spring semester is finally over! It was a good semester, I finished all of my engineering prerequisites. In the fall, I will be start taking my engineering classes, and I couldn't be more excited. The ending of the semester is bittersweet, though, because a lot of my friends have graduated! It's really awesome that they're getting to do their own thing now, but I'll definitely miss having them around. This summer, though, I won't be taking classes, but I will be interning with GE Transportation doing signals engineering. I'm not sure what all that entails, but I know I'll learn a lot and get a lot of experience.

Let the summer begin!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Today I went to Jacksonville's Earth Day celebration with my little sister. She and I had a lot of fun making crafts and seeing all of the exhibits they had up. While we were there, we made a few awesome things, such as map bags and peace tiles. Below are some pictures of these lovely things!

Front of map bag. 
Back of bag.
Zoom in on front.
My peace tile.
My sister's peace tile.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to Date an Engineer

10. We know how to handle stress and strain in a relationship.
9. We can strip more than wires.
8. We know it's not the length of the vector that counts, but how you apply the force.
7. No "couple" could enjoy a better "moment".
6. We know how to pull all nighters.
5. We have significant figures.
4. Free body diagrams.
3. We're trained to do it right the first time.
2. Engineers do it to specifications.
1. We know the right hand rule.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

That one dreadful class.

Have you ever taken a class that you just don't like? That no matter how hard you try, the information does not come naturally to you and you have to work extremely hard to understand what is happening? That's how I feel about my computer science class.

We do C programming in this class, and it's just such a difficult class for me. I understand the theory behind what needs to be done and can write pseudocode, but I always get slaughtered when I actually write the programs. If it weren't for examples in my textbook, I would never be able to get a code to run! The syntax and figuring out exactly how you write loops and arrays and various parts of code is just so confusing to me. But I can say I've probably put more effort into trying to understand this information than I have in most of the other classes I've had to take. Thankfully, my final for this class next week, and I just have to make it a little while longer.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My shopping wish list.

Things I want!

How to tie a sarong?

I need help! 
I've had a sarong for a few years, and I absolutely love it. The only problem I have is.... I have no idea how to wear it! I've been trying to find ways to wear it that are cute and aren't difficult... does anyone out there have any suggestions or links to articles or videos? Other than a basic skirt, the only other way I've figured to tie it is as a halter top: 

Feel free to send me ideas in the comment section, or via facebook! Thank you lovely readers! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cover Story Dreams

I know I joke around with my friends a lot about becoming famous, because usually, being famous is equated with being successful. But what if I actually were famous someday? What if I made it on the cover of a magazine?
If I were on the cover of a magazine, it's really hard to say which magazine I'd want to be on the cover on. It would ultimately depend on my target audience. One of my biggest goals in life is to promote STEM awareness amongst people, especially women. Magazines like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Girl's Life, etc,  are read by women and girls everywhere, and would be a good way to reach my target audience. I would just like to inspire other females who don't think they can excel in or pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math that they can do it. I would also like to be recognized professionally, so being on the cover of engineering/technical publications would be amazing as well.

Maybe someday it'll be me instead of Britney!
I would also like to give credit to for the inspiration behind this blog post!

My love for Smash.

I don't usually watch tv, but ever since its premier, I have become obsessed with the show Smash. For those of you who don't know about the show, it's about young hopefuls trying to make it big in Broadway in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. There is much more drama amongst the characters, but their main focus is to make the Marilyn musical a success.

Throughout the show, I've gained a particular dislike for the character Ivy.

She initially gained the role of Marilyn in the musical, but she is unpleasant and rude, and in my opinion, tries to hard. She is talented, but her crave for fame is unhealthy. She's constantly having to be taken care of by others, and doesn't seem like she can handle the pressure of starring in a musical, while balancing taking care of herself. 

The main character Karen, however, is much sweeter, as she's supposed to be.

She, however, doesn't seem to have quite found her voice and doesn't have as much confidence in her abilities. She too is talented, but she doesn't seem to "own" it. She doesn't have the same guts and confidence that Ivy has.

The show is very captivating and is great for anyone who loves music, dancing, and broadway. I definitely recommend it! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rick Santorum drops out of GOP race.

Just a quick thought.
I rarely discuss politics, but does this really come as a surprise to anybody? Everyone knows Romney is the biggest contender for the GOP ticket, and with the increasing sickness of his youngest daughter, this really was to be expected. I see various expressions of joy over social networking outlets that he has dropped out of the race, but I don't get why. It seemed only logical that he would drop out, or just not get the nomination.

An article on Yahoo news about Santorum ending his campaign can be found here: Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign after conceding to Mitt Romney in phone call

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Is it just me, or is instagram an amazing app? I am the first to admit, I am not a photographer, but I enjoy good photos, and instagram is an easy way for someone like me to make photos look amazing. These are some of the photos I've taken using instagram. Feel free to follow me @crp0302 ! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


As I child, I grew up obsessed with a few things: Harry Potter, Dragonball Z, and Pokemon. Pokemon was a huge part of my childhood. Every morning before school, my brother and I would wake up and watch an episode, and we quickly became obsessed. 

 We had: 
The cards.

The games.

We knew the original Pokemon.

We also had the handbook, watches, toys, blankets, stuffed animals... If it had a Pikachu on it, we owned it. Pokemon is one of those things I will just have a lifelong fondness for, and will always love. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Life as of Late

As school is rushing to a close and summer is quickly approaching, I've been very busy lately with finishing up my spring semester here at UNF. Life has been jam packed filled with things, and it has been very exciting!
I have been recently elected as the vice president of the UNF chapter of ASME, (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). It's a very awesome opportunity to get involved, and I have a lot of ideas for the club. I have a few ideas for potential tours the club can go on, and hope we can get more involved with the professional section of the club. I also got to go to SPDC, the professional development conference of ASME, this past weekend, which was definitely a learning experience.

I also got the honor to speak at UNF's First Generation Scholarship luncheon last week. I am a recipient of this scholarship, and met many influential people and donors as a result. I greatly enjoy public speaking and had a blast, being able to go and speak in front of such an amazing crowd. 
My classes are also coming to an end soon, so I've been busy trying to get my work done for those classes. My intro to engineering class still has one final project, building a balsa wood bridge, and we only have a few weeks to do it. I also have one final programming assignment, as well as another quiz, test, and our final in that. Physics follows a similar suit, and I have a paper to write for business ethics. I also have internship stuff to take care of in preparation for summer. So much stuff in so little time!