Last night when my roommate and I went down to dinner we walked into the dinning hall and saw that they had lots of decorations out for Christmas. They had the tree out for a while but the rest was all new. There also was Christmas music playing. They have had Christmas music on ever since the few days before Thanksgiving break.
They had slices of pie and cake (the first picture) and they also had vegetable, cheese, and ham slices to dip into dressing or hummus (they also had regular dinner stuff as well but the food slices were at the main serving spot). The decorations and the different food made the dinner different and very fun.
My ME10 professor (Professor Ozsoy) decided that instead on having class on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break, we should go to one of the Packard Lab machine shops and get a demonstration of some of the machines. The reason he did this is because he was not going to be here that day and in the past he had held class on that day and practically no one showed up. So he figured that whoever did show up should go and see a machine shop in Packard Lab and a demonstration of some of the machines in it.
The machines that we were shown were a vertical milling machine, a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling machine, and a CNC lathe. Here are some pictures of the machines that I am referring to (now the pictures below are not of the machines in the machine shop because I did not take any pictures of them but they are close).
vertical milling machine:
CNC milling machine:
The coolest part of the demonstration, for me at least, was seeing the CNC milling machine create a threaded nut that fit onto a threaded bolt made by the CNC lathe. The reason that it was so cool for me was because back in High School I had to thread an aluminum rod, for an engineering project, by hand. It took a long time and was hard. So it was cool to see the machine do it.
I am very glad that I could go to this because as a Mechanical Engineer I will need to use those shops one day so getting a brief overview was nice.
At the end of this semester, looking, through my phone, I have more pictures of due dates, assignments, and class notes than pictures of friends. Something I love about my follow MechEs is collaboration. Most teacher encourage working together and learning together outside of class. I personally learn best working with someone who can articulate what I think I’m doing. I essentially have the same people in all of my classes and we work together. I know who I’m going to ask for help in studying for the exams that I really need to ace and who I can help in the classes that I understand. Maybe the most important thing I have learned is that helping someone else study also helps you. Explaining a problem to someone else helps you more concretely understand the concept. My advice is never reject someone asking for help unless you are also in a time crunch.
There is a persistent rumor going around that Brodhead Dinning Hall food is not great. I would like to say that it is NOT bad. Brodhead dinning hall food is no worse than any other dinning hall facility at Lehigh.
More than likely, all of the dinning halls will have at some point food that you do not think would be very appetizing. It just comes with the fact that since peoples tastes differ you will might not like the food they serve sometimes. Since Brodhead dinning hall is smaller than the other dinning halls, because it is only designed to feed Brodhead residents, it has a higher likelihood to have food that does not look/sound as appetizing. However you can over come this by just widening your horizons and trying new food.
For instance, the other day at dinner there was a noodle piece that I was not sure whether I would like it. However, I took a little bit of it to try and see how it was. I tried it, ended up really liking it and went back to get more.
Brodhead dinning hall makes up for its small size and small amount of options for food by being in the building and having it only majorly assessable to Brodhead residence. I can not tell you how amazing it is to have a dinning hall in your own building. If is nasty outside you do not have to go outside to get food, it is right in your building. It is also nice that it is right there because then it majorly cuts down on the time to go to and from the dinning hall. I personally live on the top floor of Brodhead (6th floor) and it only takes me about 2 minutes to walk down to the dinning hall and about the same amount of time to walk back up. This is amazing because if you have a lot of work to do you can go down, eat dinner and be back in your room working in about 30minutes.
Since it is really only assessable to Brodhead residence, because you need a Brodhead swipe to get into the building, it is rarely ever crowded in there and I have never seen it as busy as some of the other dinning halls. It is nice to be able to not have to rush around people when you are getting a meal and once you get your meal you can enjoy it without all of the fuss and noise of many people around you.
Here are some pictures I took of the Brodhead dinning hall:
It starts in kindergarten, “When you grow up what do you want to be”? I think I answered; a ballerina, a doctor, a lawyer. It’s a completely unfair question to ask a 6 year old, actually it still frustrates me when people ask because I don’t know. A better question is, “What do you love doing”? I had no idea what I wanted to do when I little. I still don’t. During a meeting with my adviser, he asked if I had a minor. I didn’t. But sometimes, Lehigh really gives you nudge that interests you. In Eco 1, Professor Gunter had Professor Costa speak about entrepreneurship. He runs the Entrepreneurial minor. What has always attracted me to engineering is problem solving and creating; the same things that an entrepreneur does.
So next semester, I’ll start a path to being a MechE with an Entrepreneurial minor. I’m hoping to develop more specialized interests, to help me find a job I love when I graduate from Lehigh.
there was a pi tau sigma fall initiation ceremony this Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 5 PM in PA360, and i was very lucky and glad to be inducted. this ceremony was held by professor Tarry Hart who was former astronaut and adviser of pi tau sigma international honor society. there are about 20 students inducted this semester. and we had a presentation from Prof. Gary DeLeo of our physics department on space-related subjects. this ceremony was very short, but i feel very inspired during this hour.
Yesterday the Lehigh running club participated in a race between Lehigh’s, Muhlenberg’s, Moravian’s, and Desale’s cross country teams. However, Lehigh’s cross country team was not running their top 8 because they have the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet this Friday. Unfortunately only 3 of the running club members were able to make it because the race was at 4:20pm and many people had classes ending at 4pm. However, the 3 that did run placed very well against the college cross country teams.
This weekend the Running club is going to be running in the NIRCA (National Intercollegiate Running Club Association) Cross Country Nationals. This race takes place in Hersey Pennsylvania. This is the last race of the season for running club and I wish the Running Club all the best in this race.