April in its Entirety

Lets see, where did I leave off? Oh yeah! I was right about to talk about E-Days but the month changed to April before I had the chance. So here I am!

            For E-Days, lots of festivities took place. I got to participate in the annual Ore Cart Pull, which, in my mind, was one of the most fun events that I was able to participate in. This consisted of pulling an Ore Cart all the way to the Denver capital building. Although this thoroughly exhausted me, I had no chance to stop and catch my breath because the weekend was just getting started. The rest of my day consisted of participating in Mining related field day, seeing a singing tesla coil, and going to see sound remedy, a dub step DJ. I was finally relieved when I could relax afterwards and watch a movie with my friends.

            The next day started off bright and early again with the cardboard boat races down the creek in Golden. I am so glad that I got up that morning to see the races because if I didn’t I wouldn’t of been able to see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYpSng3-kLo 

If any of you are wondering, this is an AT-AT from Star Wars, made entirely out of cardboard and two humans inside of it walking down the creek. The next thing that happened that day was the E-Days carnival that consisted of lots of amazing food, lots of bouncy castles, games, and music. This, at the time, I thought was the perfect ending to E-Days, but I found out later that I called the game way to early. 

That night, I went to the big E-Days concert which was 3OH!3 this year which was pretty cool seeming as they were really popular my 8th grade year and that meant I could recognize at least 50% of their songs. What was truly amazing was what came after the concert, which was the annual end of E-Days fireworks show. If you put together all of the fireworks shows that you have ever seen you would then get the Mines E-Days firework show. I have seen the fireworks show in Washington, D.C. for the 4th of July show and it doesn’t even hold a candle to the caliber of this fireworks show (no pun intended). I then was at peace, because that show was, in fact, the perfect ending to an awesome weekend.

The rest of April for me has been busy to say the least; my classes have been finishing up, and my epics project has finally started to finish up. As far as I can see, this semester has been a very big success. I have had a great time learning about all the various subjects involved in my profession, and about myself and what I want to do with my life. I hope that this blog has been at least, slightly enlightening about life here at Mines, or helpful when it came to your decision on whether or not to come to school here at Mines.

Now, it is what we call dead week here at Mines. It is the week before finals where teachers are not allowed to give an exam so that students have a chance to study and prepare for all their finals. So I am now going to go study, good luck with the rest of your schooling and I hope to see you here next year!

Spring Break, Studies, and E-Days… OH MY!!!!

What do you get when you mix E-Days, Studying and spring break?!?! You get my blog post for the month of March!

First off, I am going to start with spring break. I was able to have the awesome privilege of going to Houston, Texas with one of my friends here at mines to experience the enormity of the Houston Rodeo.  If you think you know what a rodeo is because you have been to the National Western Stock Show here in Denver, I guarantee, you have not had the full Rodeo experience. I was able to have a bacon-wrapped, foot long hot dog for dinner and afterwards, for dessert, have some deep fried Oreos! Oh yes readers, it was amazing… We then got to watch some bull riding, calf scrambling and mutton busting’ which in and of itself is pretty darn awesome! Then the next day, we went to NASA, which convinced me that Texas is a whole lot more awesome than I had ever anticipated… I mean, where else can you eat a deep-fried Oreo, then less than 24 hours later, visit the place that communicated with Apollo 11 during its lunar landing!

            After getting back from Texas, I still had a couple days to kill before going back to school so I was able to get some much needed relaxation and had the awesome chance of going to the Imagine Dragons concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. It was an amazing experience that I am glad that I had the chance of experiencing with some of my best friends!

Once Spring Break ended, it was back to the grinding block with homework. I have had a test in all of my classes ever since Spring Break, meaning that all of my teachers want to get it out of the way before E-Days this weekend. We were able to start SolidWorks in my epics 1 class, which was very exciting for me because I was able to do SolidWorks in high school and I absolutely love doing it!

This week we have what we call E-Days at Mines. This year’s theme is called Galax-E-Days, which I am greatly looking forward to! There are many different things that go on during E-Days, consisting of concerts, comedians, firework shows, cardboard/duct tape boat races, field day, and the annual ore-cart pull. The ore-cart pull is a long-standing tradition that involves the students from Mines pushing an ore-cart down Colfax Avenue, all the way to the capitol building. Once there, a Denver city official will declare E-Days started and we all can start to enjoy all of the events that this annual festival has to offer. All in all, I cannot wait to participate in E-Days this weekend!

Note: My E-Days experience will come in my next blog post…. See you there!!!!!

How to keep up with the world…

Oh no! Where has February gone?!?! It seems like just yesterday, I was getting back to school for second semester! And yet, so much has happened! Career Day was the second week of February, Valentine’s Day wasn’t far after, and now we are almost a week out of spring break here at Mines!

This being said, I now have a single piece of advice that I have only figured out in the past couple weeks. This piece of advice I firmly believe will help make your time here at Mines or any other college that you choose to go to as memorable as possible.

Get involved in everything you can, especially if something interests you. If you spend of your time at college doing homework and falling into a routine, this wonderful time of your life will pass before you know it.

I have to admit, I have been susceptible to trying to get into a routine. After being in a routine for quite a long time, I then realized that the days and weeks were starting to run together and therefore, my freshman year of college was passing by way too fast.

After this life altering realization, I decided that college is for studying and getting good grades, but you need to have fun at the same time. You do not want to be a zombie student and work on just regurgitating whatever your professors feed you. College is a time for you to have many different experiences so that when you graduate and get a job you know what is important to you and what you really would like to stay away from.

Since my realization, I have changed the way that I approach a typical day at Mines. I look for opportunities to have fun, let it be playing ultimate Frisbee after class or being spontaneous and deciding to go play tennis. I have found that this makes me a happier person, and that my schoolwork has actually gotten better because I have been more motivated to do it because of my good mood.

I cannot wait to see what will happen throughout the rest of the semester. I am hoping that whatever it is will be memorable, and I can learn to slow down and appreciate the good things in my life here at Mines. Thanks for reading!

Out of all buildings on campus, I believe that brown is the most beautiful at night. Maybe its because it contains the Mechanical engineering major, and therefore is my future home.

Out of all buildings on campus, I believe that brown is the most beautiful at night. Maybe its because it contains the Mechanical engineering major, and therefore is my future home.

A Great view of the mountains and the “Patina Colored” CTLM lecture hall.

A Great view of the mountains and the “Patina Colored” CTLM lecture hall.

Overcoming Freshman Orientation

Hello, My name Is Matt Craig. This is my second semester here at Mines, and I absolutely love it! My favorite part is definitely the friends that I’ve made, because, whether I like it or not, they are going to be my friends for the rest of my life! So future minions, choose wisely!

When I first got to Mines in late August, I was the typical freshman. I did not want to do orientation because, frankly, it was overwhelming, awkward, and I didn’t have many friends. I had somehow got the thought in my mind that everyone around me had magically gotten to know each other instantaneously, and I was the one person who was an outcast because I was shy. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I ended up just telling myself to man up once a friendly game of ultimate Frisbee had ensued. “I can win them over with my awesome Frisbee skills!” I kept telling myself. It actually turns out that these people that I ended up playing Frisbee are now some of my best friends, not because of my arguably amazing Frisbee skills but because of what happened afterward.

We were all hot, tired, and covered in dirt from the intense game of Frisbee that just transpired. We sat in a circle as the sun set, creating a beautiful Colorado sunset as usual, and we all started to talk about our thoughts and impressions about our new life at Mines. That’s when I realized that I was not the only one feeling out of place. In fact, most everyone I talked to was feeling relatively the same way. Everything had become clear. I was not alone in this new place, everyone was new, and everyone was overwhelmed.

“Surround yourself with people that inspire and motivate you.”

                        –Anonymous

As you can infer, I got over my shyness after coming to Mines, and I made a bunch of awesome friends. They push me everyday to be the best person I can be and try my hardest in everything I do. I do not know what I would do without them.

View of the Mines Campus from atop Mt. Zion.

View of the Mines Campus from atop Mt. Zion.

The Signature CSM hardhats!

The Signature CSM hardhats!