J’habite à California. Je viens d’Hawaii. J’aime beaucoup le Bay Area.
As much as I miss home, I do love the Bay Area. It’s a pretty progressive area, and I really like that. San Francisco is the “greenest” city in the nation, right now, and another one of their buildings just achieved a LEED Platinum rating (it’s a big deal—-look it up). The City of San Jose is also in the process of banning single-use plastic bags (i.e., the ones you get from grocery stores) to reduce waste. Silicon Valley is home to a bunch of start-up companies as well as Google, Apple, and Microsoft (just to name a few). And my favorite thing about the people here is that majority of them are dog-lovers. I have to say, I’m gonna be pretty sad leaving here if I do decide to go to grad school in a different area.
draft proposal for senior design project* due monday steel design homework due wednesday EIR** summary due wednesday EIR presentation wednesday interview with a professional engineer on thursday steel design project due friday french test on friday japanese report due friday FE/EIT exam*** on saturday (all freaking day)
*senior design project is our year-long capstone project. my group is designing a water distribution system (including sanitation and resource recovery) for a rural community in nicaragua. our proposal is sent to the deptartment of civil engineering. **environmental impact report—-it’s a 150-400 page document detailing environmental impacts and intended methods of mitigation for a proposed project. the EIR we read was 360 pages long and it was on the proposal for the new 49ers football stadium in santa clara. ***FE = fundamentals of engineering, EIT = engineer in training. the FE exam is the exam engineers need to pass as a first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer. it is an 8-hour test that covers material from your entire undergraduate curriculum. it’s 4 hours of general engineering knowledge, an hour break, and then 4 hours of specialized engineering (i.e., civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.).
i dare you to tell me that you’re having a shitty week.
Second Lesson of the Night (for all the mainlanders): Instead of telling me you’re half Japanese and half white, just tell me that you’re “hapa”—-it means you’re half white and half something else (usually Asian). Seriously, every mainlander needs to know this word if they live in a multiethnic community where interracial relationships are not uncommon.
Lesson of the Night: Drink to have fun and not to get wasted. If you can’t take care of yourself or if you can’t handle yourself, you shouldn’t be drinking. And for that one time you do go too far, you better thank your friends who took care of your wasted ass.