Kicking Booty

We are rocking this conference, and having a blast while we’re at it!




We have been going non-stop every since we arrived. Friday night, we walked over to the Ruby Tuesday for a group dinner. It takes a LONG time to get 55 students their dinner, and it was almost 10:00pm by the time we ate.




I was STARVING, so I ordered both the spring rolls appetizer




…stocked up at the salad bar…




…and had a couple of Sam Adams beers.




I also met my two lovely roommates for the weekend! They are so sweet!




Saturday morning we got up bright and early and headed to the Auburn campus, which by the way is gorgeous! It feels so much more traditional than UCF.




Our competitions were all over the school, and I got to see most of it.






My first competition was Transportation, which I was the captain of. It turned out pretty bad, because it wasn’t really what we expected at all. It’s only a tiny portion of the weekend, so I didn’t really let it bother me.


After my competition, we watched a few presentations, and headed over to the Balsa Dome competition. Ours is the one on the right hand side that looks like its made with way more wood than all the others. It held alot, but since it was really heavy our ratio was a little low.




Next, we tested our concrete cylinder. It’s really fun to put it in “the crusher”.




Half way through the day, we broke for Lunch on the Lawn.

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When lunch time rolled around, I was STARVING! I had a Clif bar and an apple on the bus but it didn’t really hold me. I was so happy to receive my free Chick-fila sandwich.




After lunch, ten of us headed over for the construction competition. We broke into three teams of three plus an extra person. Each team was designated as:

  • Design
  • Materials
  • Construction




The first team, the Design team, had thirty minutes to design a tower that could be built using only office supplies. They couldn’t touch the materials, they only knew what we would have to work with. They had to leave detailed plans for the materials people to come behind and prep the stuff.




We weren’t allowed to talk to the designers, or the people cutting our materials. I was in the third group, construction, and had to follow the directions that the other two groups had left for us. Luckily, we had a great group and we finished in plenty of time!




The towers are judged on a few things including how closely we came to matching the original design (we were spot on!), structural sound (ours was rock solid!), creativity (maybe lacking), and aesthetics.


The other schools had some nice designs, so we’ll see how we place!




We then raced over to catch the steel bridge competition, and we almost missed it! The team works all year for this, and they did an awesome job. Wish I could show you!


Try and copy that epic bridge, punks!!



Friday was a long, draining day, but I still managed to muster up energy for a run! I met up with a blog reader from Auburn, Marianne, for a foot tour of the town.




We ran somewhere between 5.0-6.0 miles (I didn’t have my Garmin) through downtown, campus, and up and down hills.


She was so sweet (and speedy!) It was wonderful to meet a new friend! Marianne even brought me goodies!!!!




Oh man, I definitely got my butt kicked by those hills. I have lost so much endurance and speed since running the marathon! (I took about four weeks off running and am just getting back into it.)


After our run, and working on some competition stuff, I dragged my friends out to a restaurant recommended by Marianne, Amsterdam Cafe!




I dove straight into the bread. It was warm, flaky, and buttery. I died and went to carb heaven.




I got the worlds’ BEST SALAD! Ok… I was just really hungry.




Seriously, though. Grilled Salmon, warmed mango, pecans, and sweet rum vinaigrette? Can’t go wrong!


I sucked down so many glasses of water, I could have been mistaken for a camel.




We LOVED it! Thanks, Marianne! 😀


Today was another full day of competition. We are off to the awards banquet! I will be back in the morning to recap the rest of the trip!




❤ MegaNerd

23 Responses

  1. That salad looks unbelievable! Glad you enjoyed the trip!

  2. ugh. wordpress ate my comment 😦


    It’s cool to see you at this completition! I worked at a camp in Spain this summer and the girls I was in charge of (they are in high school and take college classes) were in an architecture class. They made wooden bridges and then weight was added to see which could hold the most. We got to see an architecture firm in Spain and they really learned a lot. Maybe some of them will be like you someday 🙂

    This camp is all over the US and in a few different countries. They are always looking for camp counselors and teaching assistants. If you ever need a summer job, let me know and I can give you the details!

  3. Glad you had such a wonderful trip! Your salad looks delicious!

  4. Glad you liked Amsterdam! Hope your canoe did well in West Point lake!

  5. Sounds like you are having an amazing time girl!!!
    That salad sounds absolutely positively to DIE for!

  6. Glad you’re having a good time! Your eats look amazing!

  7. Good luck at the concrete canoe competition. It is so great to see someone with such similar interests as mine. I have never been on the steel bridge or concrete canoe team at Michigan but I totally get the enthusiasm for construction and building like you do! Way to spread the civil engineering love and maybe I will join one of the teams next year when I am in grad school.

    Side note, I am taking the FE on the 18th and don’t really know what to expect. Did you study from a book and how difficult was it? I am taking a review class at my school but it only covers the general FE part (the morning session) and I have no idea how to prep or how difficult the civil engineering (pm part) will be?

    • Hi Chelsea!
      I can’t comment on the civil engineering part (pm section) (I took the Chemical Engineering section) but for the morning section, I studied using the FE review guide and going to a few review sessions my school hosted. I actually didn’t study much (and thought I was going to be unprepared), but it wasn’t bad at all. I thought the worst part was the length (it’s just too much time to have to sit in a room), and also not feeling comfortable with my calculator. Since I couldn’t use my typical calculator (TI-85) and had to use a really basic one, I felt like I was slowed down because I didn’t know how it worked.

      I’m sure you’ll do great, and just remember to stay calm and just think your way through the problems.

      Best of luck!!

  8. Great re-cap!! I never knew what your degree was reaaally about til now, it’s pretty fascinating. And oohmygosh, that salad sounds lovely!
    I hope you continue to have an awesome time 🙂

  9. Sounds like a great weekend. It’s good to see exactly what you do. I know so little about fields other than my own…
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend – and more good eats.

  10. Sounds like you are having a great time! My hubby grew up in Auburn and we still live pretty close, but we don’t go back that often because all the family has moved away. I ran in a Half Marathon there in January though, and when I asked about recommendations for where to eat everyone told me Amsterdam Cafe as well.

  11. Glad you are enjoying the Auburn Campus — It is know as the loveliest village on the plains. I love Amsterdam Cafe, can’t believe I didn’t think to suggest it. Glad this weekend the weather has been good for everything outside.

  12. LOVE the pics from around campus. Isn’t Auburn gorgeous?!? (Ok, I might be a little biased since I went there!) Hopefully you got to stop by Toomer’s and get some yummy lemonade! Hope yall did well in all the competitions…it looks like a lot of fun!

  13. That looks completely delish! And the competitions seem like a lot of fun – hope you placed well! I remember doing Quiz Bowl last year (we called it Jeopardy on crack) and had so much fun with my teammates. Enjoy the rest of the time there!

  14. What a great blog! I happed to stumble upon it today and am so glad that I did! Your campus looks beautiful and that trail mix looks REALLY good too! Can’t wait to keep reading! 🙂

  15. cute outfit 🙂

  16. I don’t normally post to blogs but I enjoyed this post so keep up the good work. -cheers-

  17. Our steel bridge team always practices in the lobby of one of the engineering buildings, and it is so crazy to see how fast they do it!

    Glad you had fun this weekend, but I wish you had come to fitbloggin so I could finally meet you!

  18. You look so cute in all your pictures! I am so glad you having so much fun! 🙂

  19. love your dress!!

  20. What a fun conference!!

  21. Well, ditto to the last two comments.

    Here’s to fashionable science loving gals! 🙂

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