I’ve avoided sharing about my engineering life on these blogs, mainly to avoid reliving the stresses I deal with every day. Junior year in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program so far has been the most challenging academic semester of my life. Between writing assembly code in Computer Organization and calculating z-transforms in Signals and Systems, I don’t have much time to relax, let alone sleep. All of these classes build on that understanding of electronics, which drives me learn more and more, but sometimes it can overwhelming. Luckily for me there are two classes that make my week much more manageable.
The first is Christian Social Ethics, my only non-engineering course this semester. I needed a Christian Studies class for GE requirements, and a friend from church recommended this one to me. I cannot be more thankful for that suggestion. Dr. Stumpf leads class discussions on ethical issues in an entertaining way, and the readings are challenging in a good way. The class itself is the complete opposite of my engineering classes as well, which is just what I need to change up the pace. No weekly assignments. No intense calculus. No extensive note taking.
The other class is Data Acquisition and Design, which at first sounds like one of those math intensive engineering courses I mentioned before, but it really isn’t. The class teaches how to use one software program, LabView, which is a powerful tool for simulations and programming. Our midterm was to create a Rock, Paper, Scissors game that could be played against a computer and keep score of wins and losses. Now for the rest of the semester, I will work with two of my classmates to create a digital version of the board game Mastermind complete with tactile buttons. Group design projects are what make engineering fun, and more than ever I am thankful for just that.