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Self Gloss: I'm Graduating  
User currently offlineakiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 651 posts, RR: 5
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Prepare the cargo bays! I normally don't post much, but I am pretty excited at this juncture in my life!

Final grades were released yesterday so it is official: I am graduating MIT with a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a final unweighted GPA of 5.0/5.0! It took a lot of hard work, and amazingly supportive friend and family, but I was finally able to pull it off.

Having done internships every summer since Junior year of high school, I am taking the summer off and traveling. In late June I leave for 1 week in Doha, 3 weeks in Vietnam, and 1.5 weeks in China. I am incredibly excited! After that, a bit of R&R at home before heading back up to MIT to start my MS/PhD program in September. I will be continuing my research in the Gas Turbine Lab (having started doing research there 2.5 years ago). My advisor will be the same prof. as my undergrad research advisor and my senior thesis advisor. He wishes to bring my senior thesis to a conference paper, and possibly journal article. So with any luck, this time next year I will be on a plane to Dusseldorf to present at the IGTI conference. Lots of exciting things happening for Akiss20!

Congrats to all the class of 2013 grads on this forum! We finally did it  Now, back to work!


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7975 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
Prepare the cargo bays!

Damn...me and Doc can't make it a joke anymore  
Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
I am graduating MIT with a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a final unweighted GPA of 5.0/5.0! It took a lot of hard work, and amazingly supportive friend and family, but I was finally able to pull it off.


:D



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1939 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1270 times:

Congrats! I also just graduated and my graduation ceremony is three weeks from today. Despite not having a paying job lined up, it's still one of the greatest feelings in the world after 5 years of hard work.

Unlike you, I won't be going right back to school. I've had enough for now   I'll consider an MBA if my future employer is willing to chip in.

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
I am graduating MIT with a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a final unweighted GPA of 5.0/5.0!


 
Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
Prepare the cargo bays!

  



Flying refined.
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):

Prepare the cargo bays!

Your wish:
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/lufthansaflyer/files/2012/10/DSC5993-1024x678.jpg

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
Final grades were released yesterday so it is official: I am graduating MIT with a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a final unweighted GPA of 5.0/5.0! It took a lot of hard work, and amazingly supportive friend and family, but I was finally able to pull it off.

OK. I'm not easily impressed.

I'm impressed. (And proud of you. I've known you online since you were a Senior in HS.   )

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
Having done internships every summer since Junior year of high school, I am taking the summer off and traveling.

Good. You need to start gathering interesting stories and experiences. That's part of being just out of college. Meet new people. Get drunk with them. Sleep with them if you can.   Make friends in other countries and keep in touch. Two years from now you'll be telling people, "So I saw the most incredible thing in Vietnam this one time..."

Oh, and please sleep a lot, eat right, and work out regularly during your break.

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
He wishes to bring my senior thesis to a conference paper, and possibly journal article. So with any luck, this time next year I will be on a plane to Dusseldorf to present at the IGTI conference. Lots of exciting things happening for Akiss20!

My career advice to all teens is: "Figure out what you're really good at and enjoy doing and then do that." Apparently, you took that advice.  

So what is your thesis on? How will it affect some future flight of mine?


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3379 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

I wish my semester had gone as smooth. Then I'd be joining the fun too. Alas, life is cruel.

Congrats man.      



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3558 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
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Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
I am graduating MIT

Congratulations this is a great achievement.  

Quoting akiss20 (Thread starter):
GPA of 5.0/5.0!

Such GPA from MIT is impressive. Well done
I thought my daughter grades 3.88/4.00 were good now you spoiled it  

Welcome to the real world, good luck



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User currently onlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Akiss20, congrats!

I graduated two weeks ago today from Penn State for the second and third times. I graduated with a BS in Supply Chain & Information Systems in 2009 and, two weeks ago, I graduated with a JD and MBA. I am studying for the Pennsylvania bar exam this summer and on August 5th I'll start at Merck & Co. in their manufacturing rotational development program.

I cannot believe that I am done with 22 years of schooling and, for the first time since I was 3, I'll not have to head to class every day.  Wow! (Well, I do, in a way, because of studying for the damn bar exam for another 9 weeks...)

But, my next academic adventure probably isn't too far off. In about a year or two I'd like to start an online Transportation Law program from Florida Coastal School of Law and get either a Certificate or LLM degree. In 5-10 years, depending on how things go, I'd like to start a Ph.D. program at a school with a good transportation program and eventually teach transportation management/policy at a major university. Like my signature says, I am intent on restoring Penn State's transportation heritage. We used to be known for a stellar transportation program... now, in the words of my adviser, "Outside of me and [the other professor I work with on research], I am pretty sure there isn't another professor in this department who'd know what a shipping container is." Many years down the road, I hope to return to Penn State and teach transportation there... if PSU even cares by then. Of these two professors I mentioned, one is emeritus and doesn't teach anymore, and the other probably won't be teaching much more than 5-10 more years.  

Akiss, great job with your studies and good luck to you on your continuing journey. I originally had been an engineering major before I fell in love with my current area, and many times I wish I'd finished my engineering degree. It's a tough area, but we need so many more engineers both researching the latest breakthroughs and creating the newest technology.   



Restoring Penn State's transportation heritage...
User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3877 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 8):
In about a year or two I'd like to start an online Transportation Law program from Florida Coastal School of Law and get either a Certificate or LLM degree

Why? If you are interested in teaching, don't bother with the LLM, especially from Florida Coastal.
The general rule on LLM degrees(if you have a US JD) is that if it isn't a Tax LLM from GULC, NYU, or Florida, it's not worth the paper it's printed on.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1103 times:

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 10):
My thesis was on the visualization of leading edge vortex shedding as a causal mechanism of spike-type stall precursors. tl;dr there are two roads to engine stall, spike and modal. Spike was only discovered about 20 years ago and we still don't know much about it. Historically it was attributed to tip leakage flows but my advisor showed that this is not actually the case. He, with his collaborators, proposed a more general mechanism for the formation and propagation of spike precursors, and my and my partner's work served to provide experimental evidence of this using flow visualization. Hope that helps :P

Well, it doesn't explain how it will be affecting my next flight...


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1939 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1095 times:

Quoting fxramper (Reply 4):
I don't give a crap about your gpa or your university pedigree and I wouldn't hire you. We are hiring. I got a good kid from a junior college the other day that is making six figures going to China on a regular basis. Good luck paying off overpriced student loans.

Still bitter about those rejection letters, I'm assuming?

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 10):
Good luck on the job hunt, I know it is a bit brutal out there right now, but with enough hard work and perseverance I am sure you'll find something

It's my own fault really. I did an overload semester for my final semester so that I could graduate with my friends, and I was so busy I missed the boat on applying to several rotational programs.

I've also been pretty picky. I had a job offer from a steel company (I did my first internship at a steel company, working in materials management and procurement), but they wanted me working in sales which I just have no desire to do, so I turned it down.

All is well though. Like Doc said, do something you enjoy. I'm in the rather fortunate position to have quite a bit of savings in the bank, and I don't have to start paying loans back for another 5 months (my debt is pretty well below the average graduate debt), so I can afford to be unemployed for the summer.

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 10):
And nooo don't go to the dark side with the MBA

I see getting an MBA as the only way to make myself an even more efficient heartless capitalist  
Quoting akiss20 (Reply 10):
Sorry, wasn't trying to boast, I was just excited at this juncture in my life.

"Self Gloss" was in the title. If anybody doesn't like your boasting, they shouldn't have come into the thread.  



Flying refined.
User currently onlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days ago) and read 1091 times:

Quoting us330 (Reply 9):

Why? If you are interested in teaching, don't bother with the LLM, especially from Florida Coastal.
The general rule on LLM degrees(if you have a US JD) is that if it isn't a Tax LLM from GULC, NYU, or Florida, it's not worth the paper it's printed on.

I've heard that and I actually agree with it. But, for me, it's more about having the knowledge from the program. Florida Coastal is a 4th tier school, I grant, but they have a fairly impressive array of transportation law classes. If I find a "better" program with similar classes, I'd consider it. I wouldn't start this program until I am eligible for tuition assistance from Merck, anyway, so I have time to look around. Most of Florida Coastal's classes are maritime-centric, anyway, and I'd prefer classes related to aviation and rail.

I have a thirst for knowledge, and I think that, at least a Certificate in Logistics & Transportation Law would be beneficial to my career. It's totally online and can be done reasonably in a year. It may not help me get a better job, but I think the knowledge itself would be valuable.

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 10):
Congratulations! That sounds like you are quite setup for a very impressive career, and good luck with the bar! I have a friend starting law school soon and she is already nervous for the bar (despite it being 3 years off... )

Thanks!

I can see why she'd be nervous. lol It is an awful exam. After two weeks of studying (with 9 more to go), I have yet to figure out what sort of witchcraft and sorcery people need to do to pass this exam. It is mind-boggling how much one has to memorize. My biggest problem is that, for four years, I planned on NOT taking the bar because I wanted to go into business. Well, I am going into business, but I am still taking the bar... Based on my plans, I didn't take a bunch of classes that are on the bar. Instead, I took classes that interested me and I thought would be helpful in my business career (stuff like Aviation Law, Secured Transactions, White-Collar Crime, etc.), but are meaningless for the bar. So, now, I have to learn from-scratch over 1/3rd of the topics on the bar while most other people are just reviewing these topics (and some topics I didn't have are MAJOR bar topics... lol).

We'll see how it goes. I just finished typing up a practice essay a few minutes ago and it was the first time in the last two weeks that I felt fairly confident with the answer I gave as compared to the sample answer that I was shown after I finished. Got probably 3/4 of the topics left to study yet, though. Yuck.
 

I guess the best advice I could give to someone like your friend is... don't do what I did. lol Take all the courses represented on that bar exam in the state in which she'll be taking it instead of trying to learn them from scratch in the 10 or 11 weeks before the exam. lol



Restoring Penn State's transportation heritage...
User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3877 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 10):
I wouldn't start this program until I am eligible for tuition assistance from Merck, anyway, so I have time to look around.
Quoting cjg225 (Reply 10):
It may not help me get a better job, but I think the knowledge itself would be valuable.

If knowledge is what you are really after then save the money that you would spend on the program and just buy one of the "nutshell" books instead.


User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 867 times:

A little-bit late, but congrats. It's because of people like you we have the A380, 787 and every other engineering marvel.

Congrats! I hope you get a very well paying job. Intelligence, hard work and dedication should be rewarded.



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