harry

1st year MEng Mechanical Engineering

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harry

1st year MEng Mechanical Engineering

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The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Hi everyone! I am finished with exams!!! Well, for this year, at least. After 8 weeks of close to constant revision, I am happy to say that I think that my efforts were worthwhile, and I gave it my best. All that awaits me now is a long summer, and a hopefully fruitful results day. […]

Hi everyone!

I am finished with exams!!! Well, for this year, at least. After 8 weeks of close to constant revision, I am happy to say that I think that my efforts were worthwhile, and I gave it my best. All that awaits me now is a long summer, and a hopefully fruitful results day.

Anyway, now it is time to have some fun! In a couple of weeks, we have a workshop induction, where we learn how to use the super cool (and kind of scary) equipment in the mechanical engineering workshops. The practical part of my course is probably one of my favourite parts, because at the end of the day, mechanical engineering is using science and maths to solve practical problems; it just gives the course a bit of perspective. Also the boiler suits are great to wear. Seriously, they are like Onesies.

In the meantime, I intend to explore London, catch up on some sleep, and begin to relax.

 

Rule #32

Hi there! This past month has been, to say the least, interesting. Nearly everyone has left Woodward hall for the Easter holidays. I find that I need quiet to focus, so I made the call to stay in Woodward during the weekdays, and go home at the weekend, for the sake of the revision I […]

Hi there!

This past month has been, to say the least, interesting. Nearly everyone has left Woodward hall for the Easter holidays. I find that I need quiet to focus, so I made the call to stay in Woodward during the weekdays, and go home at the weekend, for the sake of the revision I need to do.

What I did not realise is how quiet it would be. For the first couple of weeks, I hardly saw anyone. I usually enjoy a bit of peace and quiet – a bit of my own company and mine alone. However, it seems that I like it as a brief refresher for when everything becomes very loud and busy, like a sorbet between meals, or a glass of milk between bites of a Vindaloo.

So, I decided to follow Rule #32 from the film Zombieland: Enjoy the little things. Namely, ice cream from a lovely parlour in Ealing.

 

Now, back to revision!

I scream For Ice Cream!

I scream For Ice Cream!

Not long now!

Hi! Not too much has been happening in the past few weeks. As the Easter holiday slowly approaches, my course-mates and I have begun to realise that a) we don’t have long until our end of year exams and b) we have a lot to do before we get to that point. So I shall […]

One of the Many virtues of Woodward - the games room!

One of the Many virtues of Woodward – the games room!

Hi!

Not too much has been happening in the past few weeks. As the Easter holiday slowly approaches, my course-mates and I have begun to realise that a) we don’t have long until our end of year exams and b) we have a lot to do before we get to that point. So I shall be treating myself to an over-the-top Easter revision timetable made on excel! The argument with Mechanical Engineering is that the first year does not count towards the final grade. This is totally true, but I will still do as best as I can, because that’s really the only way I know how to, and it sets a good precedent for the next three years anyway.

In other news, I am going to be hall senior next year at Woodward Hall! I felt like a little more responsibility is never a bad thing, and I really like Woodward (awesome facilities, friendly people – what’s not to like?!), so it seemed like the best option. My main concern was never having time to see my flatmates and friends, but regardless of where they live, they will only be a tube journey away from me sitting on their sofa and eating all their food (sorry, guys).

 

My Week

Monday Mondays are typically my busiest day. Out of the seven main modules I take, four of those lectures are on Monday. In some ways this is good, because this results in most of my tutorial sheets being set right at the start of the week, giving me plenty of time to complete them. I […]

Monday

Mondays are typically my busiest day. Out of the seven main modules I take, four of those lectures are on Monday. In some ways this is good, because this results in most of my tutorial sheets being set right at the start of the week, giving me plenty of time to complete them. I had lunch at the Queens tower rooms (one of the only places on campus where you get food on a plate), which I have concluded to be my favourite place to eat in Imperial.

 

Tuesday

Tuesday is design and manufacture day. Currently, we are working through 3d-modelling a gearbox for a cement pump. This is probably one of my favourite bits about my course, because fundamentally mechanical engineering is about applying physics and maths to solve problems, and this epitomizes what we do in design and manufacture. Well, that and a lot of sketching. I practiced a little bit of accordion in the evening, which is slowly improving besides my lack of musical capability!

3D-Modelling

3D-Modelling

 

Wednesday

Woo, go Wednesday! Wednesday is the little ember in the darkness that is my week, because there are no lectures in the afternoon. Usually, I go to gaming society on this day, but this Wednesday I decided to continue with some 3d-modelling. I also discovered my favourite unhealthy quick meal: fold cheese and anything I want into a tortilla parcel, and fry it in a pan until it becomes an oozing parcel of cheesy goodness.

 

Thursday

Ah, Thursday, I remember you well. This Thursday, we had our first computing test. I think it went quite well, considering I find programming slightly challenging, although I feel like I made a few blunders. After two weeks of writing reports, I have come to accept a new method I like to call “controlled blunders”, being that it is ok for me to make a few errors, if it means that a) I learn from them, and b) it means I can spend more time revising.

 

Friday

PIZZA!!!

PIZZA!!!

 

Huzzah, freedom! The final day of the week, with nothing between me and the weekend but a mechatronics lab. Also, Mechanical Engineering had a lunch where undergraduates from all four years of the course got together and talked. Here are some things I learned:

  1. Second year is harder than first year (uh oh…)
  2. Try and get an internship or experience wherever you can, because experience is really sought after in engineering
  3. Don’t spend nearly as much time as I have been spending on reports (this doesn’t surprise me, I definitely felt like I was spending too long!)

 

Saturday

On Saturday, I decided to be mega productive and get work done. Also, I made pizza. It was tasty.

 

Sunday

Also known as the day I realise I haven’t done a lot of the stuff I need to do. I committed myself to take the tube into imperial, and get some work done (if I work in my room, I inevitably waste time procrastinating). Afterwards, I returned back to Woodward, played some accordion, watched some Netflix, and began the whole weekly cycle again.

 

 

Brace yourselves!

Hi all!   Apologies for no video this week. This week I’m getting a report set (essentially a write-up for an experiment). Therefore I shall be spending the weekend putting my heart and soul into it. Therefore I decided to get all of my other work into the past 5 days to free up as much time […]

This absolutely makes sense to me, but there was a time where this would have looked like another language to me.

There was a time where this would have looked like another language to me. And that time…was last term.

Hi all!

 

Apologies for no video this week. This week I’m getting a report set (essentially a write-up for an experiment). Therefore I shall be spending the weekend putting my heart and soul into it. Therefore I decided to get all of my other work into the past 5 days to free up as much time to work on my report (working to free up time to do more work feels a bit weird, but there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… at some point).

In other news, I have been keeping up with the accordion practice! I think the dream would be to perform in public somewhere. I looked up the rules for bucking at South Kensington tube station a while back, but I think you need to audition in front of a panel of judges and go through a whole process. The next best thing would probably be having a go at the open-mic night at the local pub. In the meantime, I will settle for people overhearing me in the Woodward Music Rooms while I play the star wars cantina band theme.

I thought I might also give a run-down on my course like some of my fellow bloggers have done (shout-out to Dora and Amanda!). These are all of the modules which I currently take:

Mathematics – I think it has something to do with numbers and stuff.

Mechanics – split into statics and dynamics; stuff that stays still, and stuff that… doesn’t.

Materials – how what a thing is made of and how it is made affects how it can be used.

Mechatronics – Electronics, but for Mechanical Engineers!

Stress Analysis – how an object changes as you apply forces to it.

Fluid Mechanics – how fluid behaves (much to my surprise, fluids aren’t just liquids!)

Thermodynamics – how energy behaves

Computing – in our course, we use MATLAB for programming in first year. I really enjoy using it, although I was seriously worried about using it since I had never done any programming before!

Design and Manufacture – one of the more hands-on modules. In this, we learn how to sketch, how the design process works, how to do 3D modelling on the computer, how to use the workshop equipment (Some of which is very large, slightly unnerving, but totally awesome), and a lot more! Currently, we are designing a drive-transmission system for a slurry pump for a building site.

 

That’s all, folks!

 

What I did this christmas

Hey Everyone!     So I just finished unpacking all of my bags back at my room at Woodward. After being given essentially all of the family Christmas leftovers (consisting mainly of many many boxes of crackers, at least 1.5kg of blue cheese, and a whole Christmas pudding), I had to end up bringing all […]

The view from my room

The view from my room

seasonal family game of scrabble

seasonal family game of scrabble

Hey Everyone!

 

 

So I just finished unpacking all of my bags back at my room at Woodward. After being given essentially all of the family Christmas leftovers (consisting mainly of many many boxes of crackers, at least 1.5kg of blue cheese, and a whole Christmas pudding), I had to end up bringing all of my belongings up to my room in a large gardening trolley. Still, at least that means that I will not need to buy much food for the next couple of months!

After day upon day of gorging on turkey, sitting around doing essentially nothing, and a reasonable quantity of revision and work, I think I am ready to get back to work. At the start of this term, I am starting a new module on computing. Since I have never learned a programming language before, safe to say I am a little nervous. Then again, I had not done fluid mechanics or half the stuff I am doing at the moment, and I think I am doing well so far, so I shall keep telling myself that everything is going to be fine.

I don’t buy too much into the whole “new year, new me” cliché – if there is a thing in your life that you want to change hard enough, the date you implement that change on should not be important – in the words of Shia LaBoeuf, “JUST DO IT!”. However, I think that if I had to amend my current approach to life at imperial, it would be to follow my two favourite principles:

1: The only decision that is stupid is indecision

2: don’t turn down an opportunity

both of these, as much as I hate it, can be summarised as carpe diem.

So, Carpe Diem!

Christmas Cheer For One And All!

Hey Everyone! The past few weeks has been another whirlwind session of lectures, tutorials, and assorted social activities (due to the impending progress tests, the latter was slightly reduced). I fiddled around with an engine and gearbox, revised, made a cheese blanket, and last but not least, took not one, not two, but seven progress tests, […]

Hey Everyone!

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CHEESE BLANKET!

The past few weeks has been another whirlwind session of lectures, tutorials, and assorted social activities (due to the impending progress tests, the latter was slightly reduced). I fiddled around with an engine and gearbox, revised, made a cheese blanket, and last but not least, took not one, not two, but seven progress tests, all of which I think went alright!

We also tested out our hovercrafts (see my previous post!). The race track was a lot longer than I thought it would be, but our hovercraft could a) go in a straight line, and b) do that in a very speedy time. Alas, my team was not fast enough, as we did not make it to the semi finals. Better luck next time!

Having revised quite a bit, I think I somehow managed to pull though with the progress tests. My fundamental coping mechanism when I receive my results will be to focus on the word “progress”; this is where I am starting at, so if I have done really well, that is awesome, but if I have got a few questions wrong, at least that shows me where my weak spots are, and how I can improve.

On the upside, its the most wonderful time of the year! Soon I shall be embarking on a train back to my home town, after which I will enjoy family, presents, and copious amounts of Christmas pudding. Also, I need to watch star wars before it gets spoiled for me, which becomes an increasing likelihood as more people I know have watched it.

Lectures can take their toll on us Mechanical Engineers

Lectures can take their toll on us Mechanical Engineers

The great hovercraft runway

The great hovercraft runway

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Set Phasors to revision!

Hey All! So, as we approach December, a somewhat less festive prospect lies underneath the tinsel and mince pies: End of term exams. Now, I honestly think its a good thing that we have exams, but it still feels a bit daunting. Therefore, as the title suggests, I have started revision in full force! Well, […]

My very tasty dinner, after having a rather unhealthy week

My very tasty dinner, after having a rather unhealthy week

Hey All!

So, as we approach December, a somewhat less festive prospect lies underneath the tinsel and mince pies: End of term exams. Now, I honestly think its a good thing that we have exams, but it still feels a bit daunting. Therefore, as the title suggests, I have started revision in full force! Well, probably not full force – Let’s say a steady increase in force with respect to time. On the bright side, we just started a project in which we design and build a miniature hovercraft, which we test against everyone else’s at the end of the year. Let battle commence!

 

 

Hovercraft Building in Progress!

Hovercraft Building in Progress!

Also, I made the great mistake of discovering the tempting glories of the grilled cheese sandwich. After having the delicious little beauties for 3 nights straight, I decided enough is enough, and made what I consider to be, by student standards, a work of art: home made tortilla chips, salad, chips and soy steak strips. It was the best meal I have had since my Flatmates and I decided to make a roast dinner!

 

This week, Gaming Society had a social at Nandos. I really like Nandos, don’t get me wrong, but for a student, it is very, very, very, very costly. Then again, I think that might just be because I keep on getting a large chicken burger and 2 sides. I currently have a long game of Civilisation V running with two friends at gaming society. Sadly, I am losing catastrophically.

I haven’t had too much time to practice my Accordion. However, whenever I can, I am slowly trying to work out how to play a few decent Christmas carols, just in case the festive mood reaches an all-time high before the terms end.

Anyway, a brief summary: A lot of work, decent food, not so decent gaming, and festive cheer for one and all!

If you have any questions about me, my course, or Imperial life in general, please feel free to post a comment, and I will do my best to respond as honestly as I can in my next blog post!