Grad Lesson #17 – Stay Classy Cornell

Last week we finally did it–completed our Structural Engineering project.  We finished our paper, suited up, and gave our presentation in front of a filled McManus Lounge.  This was the only time within the year, and probably forever again, that we were all dressed in suits, together, for a good 5+ hours.  In order to freeze this moment in time, here’s some classy photos:

Suit Up

Serious Faces

In a broader, graduate school, sense, on Tuesday at around 11pm I finished EVERYTHING–all classes, all finals, all projects.  Everything was done.

So what now? Well, there’s plenty of time for more important things! Such as, finishing up the “161 Things To Do” list. Ok, I’ll face it, I will never actually finish them all. 1) Time, 2) Some things require me to have been a freshman here and 3) I actually have some sense of morality.  But so far, I’ve managed to check off 38 out of 161. Not half-bad…well, actually, less than half bad, but oh well.  The next week and half is fairly filled with camping expeditions, PA road trips, and heading up to Canada for the fun of it.  But I’m sure I can check off a few more things, such as:

  • Road trip it to Canada <–Happening next week, CHECK!
  • Buying an Ithaca is Gorges t-shirt
  • Play croquet on the quad with a popped collar <–I’ve been waiting so long in anticipation for this!
  • Eat breakfast at 2am at the State Diner
  • …and more!

Look forward to more posts in the next weeks w/ adventures leading up to graduating from grad school, and then the real “gap” begins…


The “Filler” Post

Typically I pride myself on maintaining my posting-at-least-once-a-week quota, however I have failed due to parents visiting, the crazy week before spring break, and of course, currently BEING on spring break (at least for a long weekend).  So let’s fill in the gap shall we?:

Parentals Visit

Aside from both Chenny and I getting to cross off “Have someone’s parents take you to John Thomas Steakhouse” on the “161 Things to Do” list, we were able to visit a winery, play with my family’s new dog (finally named Rory), climb McGraw tower, and of course, have Sunday morning brunch at the Carriage House–

Brunch at the Carriage House

Pre-Spring Break Week

I seriously already can’t remember much of what happened last week.  Most likely due to the fact that I don’t want to recall staying up till 2am most nights and not seeing much legit sleep for the week.  The good news is, I finally got the code for the plate I mentioned in a previous post to actually work.  The bad news is, this was about 1 week after homework #1 was due.  Homework #2 was barely finished to the extent that I would have wanted it to be, and apparently homework #3 is the mother of all homeworks.  Looking forward to it…

What my HW was supposed to look like...

As for my grad school Structures project, the team presented our work so far at the Cornell Engineering Research Conference. I spent quite a few hours putting together this–

Engineering Research Conference Poster

and despite a figure mistake or 2, it wasn’t half bad for a poster-making first-timer.

Spring Break…”Long Weekend”

Once again, I journeyed the lovely 5.5 hr drive back to Massachusetts.  The minor details of 1) driving behind a truck loaded with guns and a “gut deer” bumper sticker 2) seeing the largest dead turkey EVER 3) enjoying my 6″ subway chicken bacon ranch & 4) blasting my “extreme roadtrip” ipod mix are examples of the things that make me enjoy the long yet scenic drive.

Only being here for a few days, I’ve somehow managed to pack in a lot of fun, and also a lot of work that I needed to catch up on.  Enjoyed my first 9 holes of the season with Keith and his sister Yvonne. Managed a 61 for the par 9 course, and both par 5 holes are really what ruined me.  Lessons for the future golf season? Work on my iron-swing.

Gorgeous Day for Golf

Had a job interview.  Good time to catch up and stay in contact; however, the economy is still my current demise.

Played with the dogs.  The big one is Remy, who the family frequently dog-sits.

Remy & Rory

And probably lost about a year or so of my life after seeing Hurt Locker in the movie theater.  I’m typically a pretty calm person when it comes to movies, but I’ve NEVER been so stressed out in a theater.  A small part of me is glad they served beer, perhaps this helped calm me down a little. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great movie, just a bit intense.  And for my good-night-dreaming sake, probably shouldn’t have come home afterward only to watch 4 hours of a National Geography special on 9/11 and the war on Afghanistan.

Home Stretch

Tomorrow it’s back to Ithaca and back to the grind.  It will be a tough April, but I keep thinking to myself “Graduation will be here before I know it!”