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Sophomore: Spring Break

posted Mar 20, 2013, 1:30 PM by Sean M. Messenger   [ updated Dec 30, 2013, 5:50 PM ]
It's been about four months since I last took the time to write out an extensive amount of what I've been doing -- that's three months of school and a full semester (or, more accurately, two halves). I've been working on this website a little before then and have been working to get it finished since then. I feel like posting updates (with formatting!!) and emailing out an "update notice" is a lot easier on everyone involved (particularly, me). To that end, I've put some of the generic emails that I've sent out up in this section (removing some links, etc.) to catch up. From now on, updates will be posted here. If you want to get an email when I post something new, please fill out this form.

Alright, on to the update. First and foremost, Taylor Peterson and myself are still pursuing a double major. We just found out that Professor Dodds is starting to push for some changes in the CS/Engineering curriculum to make double majors between these two departments (which is a very natural combination) much more possible. As Taylor and I have and continue to discover, scheduling and organizing the whole thing is a mess. We are very tight on courses, have to take some summer courses, and are taking a full load every semester. We started working with Prof. Dodds by backing his proposal for a compromise on the CS Department's side, and are waiting to see how that goes. When I get back on campus and school starts back up after break, we'll stop by and see what else we can do. It goes without saying that we will be recruiting like-minded lunatics (probably underclassmen at this point) to join in the double major endeavor.

My classes for this semester are, 
  • Experimental Engineering (E80)
  • Applied Math for Engineering (E72)
  • Autonomous Robot Navigation (E190Q)
  • Advanced Problems in Engineering (E191)
  • Data Structures and Program Development (CS 70)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 53)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 90)
  • Fencing (PE 222)
I have continued with fencing since my last update, attending a total of three competitions. I get PE credit for the practices, but that is just a bonus for what I consider a break from school work and a fun opportunity. That's it for this update, classes are very busy but I'll post a concluding remark and summary in the summer. So busy, so much to do, and so much fun.