Tuesday, March 16, 2010


So this is my second week of classes and I had some personal exciting revelations.

I am taking a class called Work Methods(IE2450). So we talk about Industrial Engineering methods and how to improve things and etc. Anyways, everything kind of clicked in lecture today. It's sooo exciting to be talking about IE terms and understand them. And it also came clearer to me on how to describe what Industrial Engineers do. I ALWAYS get the question: "So what is an Industrial Engineer". Believe it or not, this is a terribly difficult question. Why? Because we are trained to do such a wide variety of things/skills that you can't just narrow it down to one specific thing. For my major, in my course track, I take Mechanical Engineering classes, Electrical Engineering, physics, lots of math, buisness, etc. Anyways, in all of those classes we learn about machinery or circuits and that kind of thing but it occured to me in this work methods class I'm taking that, sure we have to understand the machinery and physics and math behind stuff, but it is so much about people. We had a whole lecture today basically just on motion economy. I never knew there were so many things that go into a kind of simple process. Everything from your finger, hand, arm, feet movements to physical constraints and how you might think you can't walk on water, but really it's not impossible, you just have to find something to help you do it. Anyways, this all excited me because I've had a couple jobs where the processes you do on a daily basis are SO far from efficient, or simply buying a new telephone could help improve the difficulty of a task. Don't get me wrong, it's not all about buying new things to get to be more efficient, those are just the easy examples.
Okay, so does it make me a geek to say it secretly makes me happy to understand what six sigma, lean, and ergonomics mean? Well, then I know I'm spending 40k a year to get to where I want and I'm not wasting my time OR MONEY!

Other news: APARTMENT APARTMENT APARTMENT! My roommates and I have signed the lease and are waiting to be approved (or waiting for our parents to be approved). We haven't heard anything bad yet, so I assume there haven't been any troubles. May 1st we officially get the place. Can I tell you how excited I am!? Okay, not so excited to be racking up some more debt, but it beats living in the dorms most definitely, and cheaper in the long run. I just need to figure out my loan options, because as it stands, I don't have money to pay for rent out of pocket, although the $500 deposit I just made, completely drains my account, which is sad to see the $400 I earned over break leave so quickly. At least I have a job through May though. Keep me in your prayers for finding a job for the summer! Please and thank you.

Plans for this week include:
No work today! Nice to finally have a day to relax.
St.Patty's Day tomorrow
Cookout with my boss and roommate Thursday
No need to explain the weekend.


Thursday, March 11, 2010


"Every new beginning is some other beginnings end."

I have a few big new beginnings in my life right now and I thought I would reflect...

Beginning a new semester:
New classes, new professors, new students, new material. This is an easy new beginning. All my classes from last semester are done. I have the grades, there's no turning back, no changing what I did. I am done learning specifically about those subjects (relatively speaking, although some carry on), some professors I will never have again, I might never talk to my lab partners I spent 11 weeks with. But it's all part of the learning process, or else this would all be useless. So, here I am starting a new semester. Figuring out professors and how to be how they want you to be, etc. None of this is bad....again, it's just part of the learning process.

Beginning a new job:
Working in the bookstore is a whole new experience. Unlike working at Shopko or Victorian Village. New bosses, new co-workers, new rules/regulations. Everything I've learned from past jobs I use to make myself a better employee. Sure I make a ton of mistakes because I haven't been taught better, or I don't know how to act around my bosses, but it's all part of learning. And for the most part they understand. I've already met a bunch of people. Not on a name knowing basis, but I've talked to numerous fellow MSOE students, where they learn about me and I a little about them. It's fun to learn things about my surroundings I never knew before. All like hidden secrets I'm slowly uncovering.

Beginning being single:
This is the long awaited topic I dread to be talking about. The biggest part of my life. The most complicated. Relationships may be the hardest thing for me to talk about. I think because I don't understand it. No one does really, but if you're in a good relationship, why do you need to understand, obviously you're doing something right. If you're in a bad relationship, obviously not. So where does that leave me? I don't know, confused. But this is about new beginnings, not necessarily trying to understand things. Okay, so I'm figuring out myself, my friends, my surroundings, my options. It's hard. I hate hard things. One of the most important things my parents taught me when I was little was that it's okay to cry, and let me tell you, I do it a lot. I don't think it's bad if it makes me feel better. Anyways, I'm managing even if it's hard and I hate this "new" feeling. I have a support system of friends that are there for me when things aren't right. I know myself well enough to be able to spend time alone thinking and figuring things out myself. It's a good combination. I don't know what else to say, I'm still figuring things out.

Those are the 3 most important "news" right now. I've been thinking a lot about all of them and that's the best time to write; when I have a lot of things on my mind.
Please keep me in your prayers, that's all I can ask.

The always smiling, Berea

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sex, Drugs, Money

Quarter break came and went TOOOO fast. I spent the first weekend of my break in Michigan. Then 4 days working 8 hrs/day for my dad. Not to complain, I was in good company, doing easier work than homework, but it was draining waking up and working a full 8 hours. I guess I don't do that much with school, or homework is getting easier for me to do and I lose track of time. Anyways, I came back to school for the weekend to hang out with my friends and have a few days to chill before starting again...

I worked in the bookstore today. 8 hours actually. It's called "book rush" right now, because with starting a new semester/quarter (whatever you want to call it), everyone is in the rush to buy books before they need to use them. So my boss lets us work as much as we can handle to get hours and money since we don't get much homework this first week and the bookstore is CRAZY. So in between going to class, I worked a lot today. I'm tired.

I had Differential Equations today and IE348 (Quality assurance). Don't ask me how they went cause it's the first day and all you do is get a syllabus which the professor usually changes throughout the semester anyways...I'm just really tired.

Is it bad to say I felt like it was almost "hot" outside today? You know what the high was?...46. I hate my life that 46 feels "hot" to me. I was outside in jeans, a t-shirt, and a light jacket and I was sweating. To think in Kansas 60 degrees was still considered somewhat "cold". It all confuses me and my body...

My roommate went to Guatemala over break for a mission type trip. Anyways, she brought all 3 of us roommates back sweet bracelets. Pretty excited, they're sweet. THANKS AGAIN KIKI!

Okay so this post has nothing to do with sex, money, or drugs, but I bet it got your attention?


Monday, March 1, 2010


It's stupid when people don't talk about their emotions.

Maybe I do it too much, but I don't like not talking.

Okay, so society says it's wrong to wear your feelings on your sleeve, but I do. Most of the time anyways. I know it hurts some peoples feelings or I might be more straight forward, but I think it's good to hear what people are thinking, good/bad. Okay so maybe that's a little harsh and some things should be kept to yourself, but not the important stuff. I like knowing how people feel because it makes it easier for me to know how to act around them. Someone tired doesn't want to be questioned or drilled with a ton of stories. A happy person doesn't want to be brought down by a stressed or angry person. It's all a circle. Whatever the case, I think it's important knowing your feelings and talking about them.

Illinois pay tolls are stupid.
Other states don't have them and survive just fine. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are going into Illinois and honestly, what's to show? I guess I wouldn't know because I don't live in Illinois, just give them money.

Anyways, I'm at home on my quarter break. Third trimester starts next week, so I'm attempting relaxing...

I guess I hit a road block, or am not in the writing mood right now, so I'll talk more later.