05 Sep 2006

New Year, New Blog

Today marks the start of my sophomore year here at the University of Rochester. I've been here almost two weeks, but the time has flown by because I've been so busy. The Cross-Country team had enough money to bring us all back 12 days early, so we've had practice every day, with about half of those days being doubles. In addition, I opted to be a Freshman Fellow this year, which means that I get to live on a freshman hall and serve as a catch-all role model/academic mentor.

Rush Rhees Library

Really it means that I get to hang out with a bunch of awesome kids that I wouldn't have met otherwise. I feel like a freshman all over again going to hall meetings, orientation events, ice cream socials and starting to build a hall community.

I eased slowly into school with only one lecture today. I decided to jump up a level and take Honors Electricity and Magnetism after having just taken regular Mechanics last year. This was for a few reasons:

  1. Mechanics was not really a challenge last year; I wanted something harder.
  2. The Honors course involves more math. I like math. I also believe that a calculus-based physics course is far superior to one that only presents the equations without deriving them.
  3. I am an Electrical and Computer Engineering major, therefore I wanted a comprehensive base knowledge of Electricity and Magnetism.

Class went well - the professor is really into his subject material, and that is, I think, the number one sign that the class is going to be a good one. For my other classes, I'm looking at a lineup of Discrete Math, Multivariable Calculus, Signals and Circuits, and a course on The Arabian Nights. I'll have to see how the extra class affects the workload.

After months of wanting a blog, I have finally decided that the time is right to start one. What better time to add new commitments than now, at the beginning of a new school year, after a nice, relaxing summer. Also, being at school with a dedicated IP address helps immensely. I haven't really planned out what I want to do with the blog yet. I want it to be a mix of my life, my thoughts, what I'm reading/watching/listening to, and what's going on in the news. I'm a pretty big Apple fan, so some my posts may be about Apple and my experiences with their products, but there are plenty of blogs that fill that niche already. I guess that I, like all other new bloggers, carry the possibly mistaken belief that my life is interesting enough that others might want to read about it. I hope that someone may find useful, or at least amusing, the things that I write here. My other reason for blogging, besides the fact that I want to share my thoughts, is that I want to become a better writer. The only way to develop writing skills is by ... writing! So give me a shout out in the comments, let me know what you think, I won't be offended. And thank you so much for reading.