Reading Break Blues

Hey all,

After a long few weeks, I’m back! The last few weeks have been busy with assignments and midterms – as usual. And E-WEEK!

Unfortunately, Mech didn’t do too well in the final rankings. There was a serious lack of Mech spirit this year which really sucked to see. In the final rankings, I think we placed 2nd last, in contrast to coming in 3rd place last year. Some of my classmates commented that “the rankings are inversely proportional to the departments that are ACTUALLY doing work.” While it’s true that Mech does have a heavy, heavy course load, I don’t think it was unreasonable for each student to attend or participate in atleast one event. Mech is the 2nd largest department in the Faculty of Applied Science while Mining is half the size. Yet, they continue to hold down the E-Week crown as they won their 3rd consecutive E-Week. Anyway, E-Week 2016 is over, but Mech will make a triumphant comeback in E-Week 2017!

Last week was also reading week.
Here’s how reading week ideally goes: complete homework assignments, get ahead/study for all your classes, relax, go on vacation, have fun.
Here’s how my reading break was actually spent: sick in bed, occasional trips to the Shoppers Drug Mart in the pouring rain, and lots of Netflix.

I guess the catching up on Netflix part isn’t so bad, but being sick did suck. Luckily, I’m getting over the worst of it and I’m back in motion! Although I spent most of my reading break in bed, I did get a chance to do some detailed planning for ASME UBC’s annual Boeing/Mobile Tool Management Tour.

The tour will be taking place on Saturday, March 5th. We currently have 45 students signed up for the day trip to Seattle – a good mix of first years, Mech undergrads, and some students from other departments aswell. Our first stop will be at Mobile Tool Management (MTM), a company that produces automated tools and software systems to aid companies in aerospace manufacturing. We are fortunate enough to have a UBC Mech alumnus, Eric, now working for MTM. As for Boeing, we will be touring the Everett Factory. This is where planes such as the 747, 777, and 787 are manufactured and assembled. Our next steps are to host a trip debrief session and then we will be on our way!

All very exciting things to come…I’ll keep you all posted!

Until next time,
Ashley

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