Handwriting Test – Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Untitled Note - Jul 24, 2018 9.28 AM

This weekend I bought myself a new tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S3). It comes with an S Pen, which I am very quickly falling in love with. Above is a quick writing sample, and it feels like writing on paper when I write on this tablet.

I am so excited to take notes on this little guy for the upcoming semester.

Handwriting generated using Squid (Android) and S Pen.


Dating Someone in Your Major

Recently  I read an article called 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Date Someone in Your Major, and while it brought up some good points, I think it’s important to look at the other side of the argument.

First of all, last time I updated any of you on my personal life was, like, 3 years ago or something and I had just been broken up with by a chemical engineering student who, honestly, I thought was the love of my life (plot twist: he wasn’t). I took some time for me and tried my hardest to just love me for me, to enjoy spending time with myself, to get to know me.

Someone once told me that you can’t expect someone else to love you unconditionally if you can’t even love yourself. So I took that to heart and tried my best to live my life accordingly. I took myself on dates, I read books, I watched shows solely because I wanted to watch them. It was amazing.

I flirted with a few guys, almost dated one or two of them, fell hard for them, but ultimately done of them were who I needed. Turns out, the right guy for me had been sitting in my classes for a year and a half.

If you watch shows like Grey’s Anatomy, their dating pool is their coworkers, end of story. They spend so much time wrapped up in their jobs and in the hospital that it’s inevitable they’ll end up dating someone they work with. Honestly, engineering school for me was kind of similar.

Don’t get me wrong, I know plenty of engineers who are dating accountants or med students or elementary school teachers, which is awesome. But that wasn’t for me.

This article that I read lists a few reasons as to why you shouldn’t date someone in your major, the first of which is that someone else will always be able to teach you something. What I’ve discovered is that it doesn’t matter if you have different majors or not, you’ll learn something new from your person if they feel comfortable with you, if they can share their passions with you. And sometimes, when you share those passions, it lets you learn together.

10974571_10205576693407600_7516715466528076878_oLucas and I technically met freshman year of college at a basketball game (that I was attending with my boyfriend at the time). Sophomore year, we had Thermo together and he definitely didn’t like me. I wasn’t aware of him enough to know anything else.

So then we got to junior year. Lucas started a rocketry team, and somehow my friend Nick got me out of bed at 7:00am on a Saturday to go watch some people I barely knew launch some rockets. I had always been fascinated by rockets (hello, how can October Sky not do that to a person?), so that was honestly one of the best Saturdays of my college career.

I also got to see Lucas in his element. I love rockets, but rockets are his passion. This was the first time he and I ever really interacted outside of “hey, how are you today?” in classes where we sat near each other. I fell in love (with rockets, not with him – yet).

Anyways, it took until March for me to finally admit to myself that I liked this guy. I had this rule, and this rule was that I can’t date anyone in my major. I didn’t want things to get awkward in class if we had to work together or, worst case, broke up.

But in May, he asked me on a date. A real one. He picked me up, he held open doors, he paid for dinner. We talked about our families, I spilled my water. Then we got snowcones and held hands once we finished them.

Wow, I’m getting off topic. Anyway, here are 5 reasons why you should date someone in your major (or at least not rule it out):

22496016_10213982671551800_6443149928721585871_o1. They will understand your passions better.

I like airplanes more than rockets. Lucas likes rockets more than airplanes. But he knows about airplanes, and I know about rockets. So when he talks about various components of a rocket motor, or I talk about the finicky elevons on my delta wing, we get each other. And I get to see the way his eyes light up the same way, whether he’s talking about rockets or I’m the one talking about airplanes.

2. They get it when you complain about a professor.

They’ve been there, they’ve sat through the unfair grading or the speeches about “subordinate engineers,” and they’re on your side here. There’s no “well maybe you’re just being too hard on them” because they know for sure how evil the professor is.

18278995_10212405544564611_409713658227258815_o.jpg3. You have friends that overlap. 

There won’t be any “let’s hang out with my friends tonight and your friends tomorrow night” because chances are your circles overlap enough that you can hang out with both sets of friends. But if you came from the same major and not the same friend group, chances are you’ll also have some friends that don’t overlap, so the whole “I want a life outside of my relationship” thing can still be a thing.

4. They understand your time commitments when it comes to studying.

There’s a big difference between how much people study  and how they study when they’re in different majors. A biology student may study just as long as an engineering student, but how they study will be different. An architect and an engineer may study in the same way, but the architect will study longer. An education major may study the same amount as a biology major, but it will be in ways that look completely different. Dating someone in your major means they know you study, and they can even study with you.

IMG_9392e5. You get to share the best years of your life with your best friend.

When you date someone in your major, your best friend and your person are by your side through all the ups and all the downs of college life. They’re there when you’re awake at 3:00am finishing a homework assignment, they’re there when you’re crying because you actually managed to get a B on the test you thought for sure you were going to fail. While you will always get to share the little victories with your significant other, sometimes it helps when they’re right there, no matter what.

Now, don’t read this and say “Sam says I have to date someone in my major, but they all suck.” They probably do all suck. All the guys in my major suck (to me), except for one. I got lucky. But I found the person worth breaking my own personal rule for.

You probably have your own rules for yourself (i.e. no girls over 5’10” or no guys you meet at the bar), but hopefully this helps you start to look past your rules and see the person for who they are, or something cheesy like that.


Advice for Incoming College Freshmen

Well, it’s that time of year again. School is just around the corner. In about a month, you’ll be starting your first official year as a college student! Let’s be real, you’re probably feeling some weird combination of terrified, excited, nauseous, and strangely independent, all of which is very confusing (as if moving, starting at a new school, and meeting 5000 new people in one day isn’t confusing enough). So, what can we do about this weird combination of feelings?

Well, for one, I can offer you some sage wisdom (or something like that). You see, not only is this about to be my fourth (count ‘em, fourth) rodeo, but I specialize in helping incoming freshmen. I spent a year and a half as an RA, and I’ve spent the past year as an ambassador for my college of engineering, literally having the sole purpose of helping incoming and existing freshmen learn the ropes.

So, buckle up, because (and this is a long one, folks) here are Sam’s 20 pieces of advice:

  1. Make sure you have almost everything you’ll need for your dorm. Keep in mind that wherever you’re going will have stores, a fact your parents will point out multiple times, but also remind them that people will be coming from far away places, and they should get first dibs at the Wal-Mart shower caddies. (exception: if you are the one coming from a far away place)
  2. Play tetris with your stuff before the morning you move. Chances are you have a lot of junk, so don’t try to figure out how to make it all fit in the back of your hatchback the morning you head to school. Take some time in the days leading up to the move to make sure you have boxes that will actually fit in the back of your car.
  3. On the same note, don’t overpack. You need a lot less stuff than you think you do, I promise.
  4. Know that everyone is just as terrified/excited/nauseous/independent/confused as you are. You aren’t alone in this one. Which is strangely comforting.
  5. Once you get there, take note of what your RA actually looks like. I noticed this with my own residents, that even though I did their check in or filled out their paperwork, they didn’t realize I was the RA until about two weeks in. If you’re not sure who they are, or if they’re even an RA, let alone yours, just ask them. Once you figure out which one belongs to you, memorize their face so you know who to go to for help.
  6. Keep an open mind. Whether you’re meeting your new roommates for the first time or you were mildly concerned by your new neighbor across the hall, don’t make any opinions about anyone before you give them at least a week. Everyone is still figuring everything out, just like you, so don’t be too quick to judge.
  7. Let your parents/guardians/grown ups clean your room when you get there. They may not want to, but if they’re anything like my mother, they’ll only say they don’t want to and then start vacuuming and wiping down every surface they can find. Don’t try to stop them, just let it happen. They’re nesting for their little chick and it’s helping them feel better about abandoning you in a strange place.
  8. Don’t eat dinner alone in your room your first night. You don’t necessarily have to go out anywhere, you can eat Easy Mac, but see if your RA has anything planned or if there’s anything happening on campus. If not, take your Easy Mac or freezer dinner to the lounge and see who’s around.
  9. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible. It is perfectly valid to not remember their name during the first week, and this is one of the few times in your life it will be socially acceptable to ask everyone to remind you of their name 3 times in a row. But even if you can’t remember their name, you’ll recognize their face and feel more comfortable approaching them if you see them around campus.
  10. Find something that you’re passionate about and join a club or organization. I always tell my freshmen residents, as well as any incoming freshman I take on a tour to find at least two things they’re extremely passionate about. Find something within your college, like a professional society for your major, but also find something else. Whether that’s an intramural team or a hobby club (my favorites on our campus are the Lumberjack Club and the Cat Club), find what makes you happy and can give you a break from all of your classes. Now, keep i mind that you can join more than two clubs or organizations, but practice some moderation here. You don’t want to overextend yourself. You’re still trying to figure out where the nearest bathroom is from all your classes, you don’t need to try to conquer campus.
  11. Befriend an upperclassman. Preferably one in your major, but any will work just fine. What you’re looking for here is someone you feel comfortable asking weird questions to, like “SOS, I’m so lost where do I go from here,” or “Wait, which building was it where I can’t take the front stairs?” Also, they’ll usually have material from whatever classes you’re taking that they will be willing to pass on to you.
  12. Don’t put stuff off. It may not seem like a lot, but it definitely piles up. This applies to homework, joining that club, talking to that cute kid in your class, or confronting someone about that thing that upset you. Just shut up and do it.
  13. The only people you should worry about impressing are your parents and yourself. Make them proud, and make yourself proud, and you will have accomplished everything you should have set out to do during your time in college. Your GPA does not define you. It’s just a number.
  14. If the people you meet at orientation don’t become your BFFs, it’s not the end of the world. You have so much time ahead of you to meet the people that will stay in your life for years to come, so don’t stress about meeting them now.
  15. Be aware of those around you. For most of you, this will be your first time sharing a bedroom with another human, so be aware that they have lives and feelings, too. No one needs to hear you fornicating at 3 am. Also think about the other people in classes with you. Be respectful of not only your time, but the time of those around you as well.
  16. Learn how to bake awesome cookies. Everyone will love you. Note: any baked goods will suffice.
  17. Call home every now and then. Your family wants to hear from you and make sure you’re still alive and feeding yourself properly, so check in every now and then.
  18. DO NOT go home your first two weeks of college. You’ll be homesick, and that’s normal and expected, but I promise you that it will only be worse if you give in and go home. Besides, you’ll miss out on all sorts of opportunities to meet new people and get plugged in on campus.
  19. You might fail your first exam and that is just fine. I literally got a 22% on the first exam I ever took in college, and they’ve let me stick around for 3 whole years. College is different than high school, and the grades may be lower than you’ve been used to. Just power through and keep working hard and everything will be just fine.
  20. Ask for help if you need it. I don’t care what kind of help you need, but you can’t get it unless you ask for it. Whether it’s in your personal life or class, there is a human who exists for the sole purpose of helping you through anything you’ve got going on, so call your mom, approach your RA, go to your professor’s office hours. The resources are there, you just need to know where to look for them.

Now that you’ve read this, get off Tumblr and go introduce yourself to someone new (unless you aren’t on campus yet, in which case, keep doing what you’re doing).

Alrighty, that’s all I’ve got for now. Good luck to all of you, you’re going to rock the socks of your freshman year. Let me know how it goes!

Planning Supplies Inbound


First of all, I bought my Erin Condren planner for the upcoming school year (wow, that feels weird to say – do I really have to get a Master’s? What have I done?). I also have the Erin Condren Academic Planner waiting for me back in Oklahoma to try out for the a few weeks so I can give you guys a full run down of which on I actually prefer for school, pros and cons, all that jazz. I didn’t get one of the new ones, but I have one I picked up from Staples when it was on sale at the end of the Spring semester.

For this go around, I got the vertical layout in the colorful option, and my cover is Hexagons in Flamingo with my initials on it. I almost got a rose gold coil because it looked so darn cute with the flamingo colorway, but I wanted to leave myself with some options.

But I also got oodles of cute little icon stickers from Olivia Planner Factory over on Etsy. I love drawing little teeny icons in my planner, but it gets a little much sometimes, so I’m going to try out these adorable stickers for some of my more common icons.

Everything should be here within a couple of weeks, so we’ll do a run through of how I get my planner ready for the upcoming school year, and then a few weeks into the semester I’ll offer my two cents on the Academic Planner vs. the Life Planner.


If you want to get your own Erin Condren planner and want to save $10, just follow this link for your first purchase! If you want to wait until you see what I have to say on the two, that’s also chill.

On Being a Female in Engineering

So I was asked by a graduated high school senior what it’s like to be a female in such a male-dominated area. She mentioned that a lot of the reactions she gets when she tells someone she’s going to school to become an engineer are those of shock, paired with some skeptic feedback. She asked me how/if that changes, and what advice I had to give her as she starts her freshman year in the fall.

To start this off and put it in a little bit of perspective, I have some stats to share with you. For my specific university, in our college of engineering:

  • 16% of overall graduates are female
  • 11.6% of Mechanical and Aerospace graduates are female
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is made up of 1,582 students as a department, including graduate students

Put it all together and that means that there are 184 female students in the Mechanical and Aerospace program at OSU. Outside of OSU, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Aerospace workforce is made up of 13.3% females.

Those are some pretty some small numbers if you ask me.

Now, I’ve always had a driven, go-getter sort of attitude, and I’ve always loved math and science, so I’ve pretty much always been told I was going to be an engineer. Then again, that probably has something to do with the fact that Mom was an engineer as well, so I always had a strong, STEM female role model.

That being said, I was always met by someone who would ask me what I’m going to school for, then raise an eyebrow upon receiving my answer. I wish I could tell you that it gets better, but it doesn’t. It continues. It’s some strange combination of sexism and societal expectations that somehow is perpetually in place. It. Sucks.

Now, don’t lose heart. Because it may be small numbers, and we may be surrounded, but that doesn’t mean they’ve got us beat.

What I have discovered is that you can’t expect the guys around you to do you any favors. At first, they sort of try to coddle you. Then, they try to take charge. Don’t let them. Be their friends, of course, or else you won’t have any. Join their study groups, be in their clubs and on their teams. Join Student Council, become president of a professional organization. Outscore them on an exam. Don’t let them perpetuate the stigma that women can’t be successful in the field, because dammit we kick ass once we get there.

Everyone in engineering school is amazing, but so are you. It doesn’t matter what differences you may have. Sometimes you just need to make them know that.

I make it sound like I’m bitter and angry, but honestly I love my guys. My study group are my friends, and my family. There are 10 of us, and two of us are girls. They’re my lunch crew, my football buddies, the people I go get ice cream with at 9:00 at night. They’re my people and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

It’s kind of funny. Sometimes we’ll be studying, and I’ll be in my head, and I’ll be having a meltdown and telling myself that I can’t do it, that engineering isn’t the right place for me. But then they talk me down from my mental ledge, they remind me that I’m the one keeping study sessions on track, I’m the one who crushed that Thermo exam last week, I’m the one who is now an Ambassador for the college, who has a fancy scholarship. They’re my reality check, if that makes sense.

As a female in engineering, you’ll be surrounded by boys, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s going to be what you make of it. Put yourself out there, make yourself known. Introduce yourself to the people around you and to the professor. You’ll find the way that you’re meant to shine. I promise.