This post is brought to you by the letter B.
Many of my favorite things start with that particular letter, such as Beyoncé, bagels, Baltimore, and Biomedical Engineering. And of course bears, beets, and Battlestar Galactica as well.
There is another B in my life that I recently rediscovered my passion for, and that B is for books.
I read a book recently.
You’re probably sitting there waiting for the other shoe to drop or for some sort of a comical punch line about how seemingly obvious it should be for a college student to read a book. Sorry, there’s no joke in that statement. This is a story simply about how I read a book.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always loved reading. However, it’s been awhile since my eyes feasted upon anything that wasn’t about reaction mechanisms, direction fields, or cell signaling pathways, so maybe this is kind of strange.
I like to consider myself a rare breed. I’m an engineer who loves getting lost in a book as much as getting lost in a differential equation. I love learning about cells, medical technology, and matrix multiplications, but at the same time, I find few things more satisfying than the use of a semicolon to make the perfect hybrid of two sentences.
Long story short, I live in the world of Engineering but have a vacation home in the land of the Humanities.
This brings me to next semester.
Having recently decided that my future probably won’t involve medical school, I discovered when it came time for course registration that I had not one but TWO whole spaces for electives. Out was the Orgo II and Orgo lab and in was anything my little heard desired.
I combed the course catalogue for anything that sounded interesting, and like any good online shopper, I ended up with ten times as many courses in my cart as was possible for one person to take in a semester.
I ended up committing to America After the Civil Rights Movement and The Communication Revolution, both small, upper-lever humanities classes and both very different from Models & Simulations, Systems & Controls, and Probability & Statistics, which round out the rest of next semester’s offerings.
I’m excited to read for my classes (nerd alert), discuss my opinions (nerd alert), and even a little excited to write a few papers (NERD ALERT), if only to get a break from the monotony of problem sets.
Also that book that I read? Not exactly a piece of classic literature, but something had to keep me company on my flight home for Thanksgiving.