Study Break!

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A Fluid – Anything which takes the shape of the container it is in.

Therefore the glass will always be full. If only the rest of the world was engineers…Back to Hydraulics Lab :]

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Engineering Summer School

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My 2010 summer vacation preview:

As inferred from above I registered for what almost every engineers does, SUMMER SCHOOL! dun dun dunnnn! So long story short I registered but the Cal State system will only let me register for 13 units during registration! Now on a typical engineering flowchart at Cal Poly Pomona civil engineers are required to take 18 units a quarter to graduate in 4 years, ha! As I can do math, hopefully since I passed 5 calculus classes, if I need to be taking 18 units and I can only register for 13 I have a huge problem on my hands. I do not want to be stuck trying to take hydrology, water supply, water treatment, structures testing lab and a tech elective all in the same quarter because I can’t take enough classes right now! Engineering suicide! Shown below is my flow chart of classes to get my so coveted civil engineering degree just to give you a glimpse of what my life is like (click for full view). Not to mention working or internships and life on top of school.

Well I have a Fluids midterm Wednesday that I need to keep studying for! Keepin it real.

-Diane

Speech. Do you have a rising TERMINAL?

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Today I gave my presentation in my Technical Communications class and found out that when I get excited about my speech I have a rising terminal. A rising terminal is when a sentence starts out in a softer tone then ends up more intense. Most like a radio or ballgame announcer, and during my speech “Let’s Get Readyyyy to Rumbleeee” did not start to play when I was through talking. Something work on.

So after listening to about 60 speeches today, and building gripes, I have comprised a short and concise list of what is important to me and hopefully to you about public speaking.

1) Don’t get caught up in the details in a speech. Be direct and to the point. People stop listening if you ramble on forrrrreeeeverrrr (catch the Sandlot reference?)

2)Fake it til you make it. One of the key rules I live by. Most of the time I don’t need to fake confidence but when giving speeches being confident is the #1 key! If you are scared, you probably look scared.

3) Third and final rule. Talk to the audience not at the audience. Address the individuals in the room on a personal level and have them actually learn something instead of feeding them useless higher level junk that you don’t even know yourself. What I hate more than seeing a fellow colleague not knowing what they’re talking about it them PRETENDING they know something about what they’re talking about.

Another day, another class, another speech. Back to the grind. Ciao!

Diane

I Have a Blog?!

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Yes. For many years I have been hearing about how you want to remove as much information about yourself on the internet as possible but I’m here to do quite the opposite. I am currently a female Civil Engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona and I want to blog the rest of my experiences in the college of engineering on this website. I want to enhance my technical presence on the net with my stories and experiences correlating with my so far 3 years in the engineering program.

I’m starting this blog because it is a topic for a presentation in my Engineering Technical Communication class. We present and learn how to be great engineering writers and engineers in general. As all engineers know, or don’t, we’re lazy. So we pretty much learn how to shorten things to the smallest amount of words as possible. So driving home your point in 3 words gets you an A.

Get ready because on this site I will freely talk about my trials and tribulations of being a female in a male dominated field and what life in a very demanding engineering program is like. It’s not just about making it through the program but the experiences along the way. Labs. Long study hours. Knowing Dominoes Pizza’s number by heart, and having them know where building 17 room 2670 is by heart. Budget cuts and 30 people trying to add into a 20 person class. Engineering week. Coming to class with all the cool new technical gizmos. All these things and more make up my time here at CPP. Hang on tight…So far this has been a wild ride for me and it’s just going to get better.