Anyways, the rest of my winter break was wonderful. I went to a New Year's Eve wedding with the Spillane's in Nola (imagine that!) which was wonderful. I also enjoyed lots of time with my mom and got to visit my pops and the rest of the family. It was especially nice having Ash-girl, my Tanzania roomie, come visit my hometown! She got a tour of little ol' Arcade, my high school, Niagara Falls and even got to see the (soon to be) famous Caleb Spaulding play music in Buffalo! It was great seeing my Duke buddies from the trip this summer when I dropped Ash- always nice to catch up. Then, I finally got to see my sister on my drive back down as well. I love when I get to see my siblings!!
School has started off really well this semester. My classes are all interesting and I'm learning two new computer programs right now: LabView and Abaqus. I'm really trying to get a good range and introduction to the bigger software packages they use in industry today, Yay for trying to be useful when I graduate! My classes are mostly project based this semester which is a total change up from what I've had so far. From this point on that's really all it's going to be. With team design and the research thesis we all have to write, no more little homework assignments due each class. I am now going to be in the lab a lot more trying to get some work done on my project on blood separation which I'm really excited about. It's been really neat learning about microfabrication and I'm hoping I can really make a contribution.
So far, I've managed to pack in some fun things on the weekends as you can see below :) Trying to take advantage of the three semesters I have left!