Auburn Bound + ASCE 2009

I’m currently blogging from the road!

 

The charter bus picked us up this morning, and we are off to Auburn University in Alabama! I’m heading there for this year’s Southeast Regional Conference.

 

(Last year’s conference, March 2009)

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Since there isn’t much happening right now other than a whole lot of sleeping (and eating trail mix) I figured I’d recap LAST YEAR’s conference! It’s set up basically the same every year.

 

Last year around the same time, about 55 ASCE members packed the bus and headed to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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It was a super cold and wintery looking weekend, but still pretty!

 

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Civil Engineering involves many different aspects covering pretty much everything that makes a city “civilized”. Think running water, roads, buildings, infrastructure, etc.

 

The conference has several different competitions, and a few members participate in each. Last year, I participated in the transportation competition.

 

Friday is the main conference day. We all go around and support each other and cheer one another on. It all starts with testing the concrete canoes.

 

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Yep, canoes made of concrete. We named ours, Krack Killz

 

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We race them on Saturday, so they have to be checked for safety. They are submerged in water, and they have to float to the top to pass the test.

 

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See all the cool layers?

 

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Then there is Balsa Wood bridge. Super thin wood + glue + heavy load until it cracks. Strongest one for least amount of wood wins!

 

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…and Concrete Cylinder (trying to make the best mix design)…

 

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…and everyone’s favorite, Steel Bridge!

 

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Saturday is spent at the lake. This is when we get to race the canoes!

 

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Racing the canoe is hard, but they make it look easy!

 

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It was freezing last year, I’m crossing my fingers for nice weather!

 

Once all the competitions are done, points are added and winners are selected. Saturday night is all about the banquet. We get dressed up, have a fancy dinner and let loose!

 

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I wish I would have been blogging last year, the food was EPIC! Don’t worry, I’ll take the camera this time.

 

Last year we placed third overall! Go UCF!

 

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Everyone works very hard to get here and I really hope that we can do well again this year!

 

(Note the short dark hair and bangs… maybe I should do that again?)

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This year, I am the captain of the transportation team! One of my members got sick, so I’m a bit nervous but I think we will be fine.

 

We just got to Auburn, and I’m off to the captains’ meeting! I can’t wait to share the weekend with you all.

 

Were you a part of any professional organizations in college? Have you been on a “field trip” to a conference before?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Highlights of 2009

One year ago today, I was in North Carolina, bringing in the new year with my sister and her boyfriend.

 

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So much has happened since then!

 

 

I celebrated turning 22 years old with my two best friends…

 

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I went on kayaking and camping adventures with Jason…

 

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I went to Hawaii for a National Competition…

 

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I watched Jason graduate with a BS in Civil Engineering…

 

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…and celebrated his hard work  (read: partied way too hard afterwards)

 

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Enjoyed having BFF Debbie as my next door neighbor…

 

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….before she moved away. 😦

 

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But then I went to visit her!

 

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I made new friends

 

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..and even more new friends.

 

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I bought my first road bike

 

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road 50 miles with Kelly (and learned how to change my tires)…

 

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…and rode in a Triathlon Relay.

 

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I spent the summer babysitting in Tampa:

 

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Took the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam…

 

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…and celebrated passing!

 

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I made my first snowman!

 

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I decided to train for Disney marathon (my first, only 10 days away now!)

 

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…and had a minor set back.

 

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I trained hard…

 

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I ran farther than I ever have before! (22 miles!)

 

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PR-ed in the Half Marathon (1:50:09):

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I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past year. Here’s to an even better 2010! 😀

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!

 

❤ MegaNerd