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Just a third culture kid's musings on Baltimore, Biomedical Engineering, burgers, and everything in between. *Disclaimer: Not everything discussed within these blogs begins with the letter B.

Month: April 2017

The Morning Routine

Some people are morning people. They can get up early, get a head start on their day, and be genuinely happy about it.

I am not a morning person. Mornings and I are like Garfield and Mondays. Now even though I hate mornings, I do have a morning routine that I’ve managed to get down to a tee. This routine maximizes sleep while minimizing work to get to class on time. My first class on most days is at 10 AM. Here’s how the hours leading up to that go:

7:45 AM: Set an alarm to wake me up.

Now hold on, hear me out. We can all agree that the best sleep is the turning off the alarm and going back to sleep sleep, right? Well, I’ve figured out that if I set an alarm at 7:45, it’ll wake me up late enough that I could theoretically get up and get started on my day. Instead, I shut that guy off and get to fall blissfully back into sleep in the comfort of my bed for another hour and a half. Such as a satisfying feeling, trust me.

9:00: Set my first alarm to actually get me up.

I’m also one of those people that needs like 8 alarms to get out of bed, so I’m just going to fast forward through 9:05, 9:15, 9:20: 9:25, and 9:30.

9:35: Shut off the seventh alarm and look at the note on it that says “Get up now or you won’t get to class.” and actually drag myself out of bed. I generally tend to scan the room for what clothes are easily accessible and base my wardrobe on that.

9:40: At this point I need to hit the routine on clockwork otherwise I will be late to class. By 9:40 I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth and cleaning my face up.

9:45: I can’t tell you how much time I’ve lost figuring out if my shoes will match with the rest of my clothes. So let’s toss 3 minutes to that.

9:48: Be dressed and frantically struggling to get out of the room by 9:50.

9:49: Toss all my stuff into my backpack, grab my earphones, and spend 10 seconds figuring out what song I want to listen to.

9:49:10: Head to the door but check the rule of three* before leaving.

9:50: Out the door and headed to the elevator, convinced beyond a doubt that this is the day I’m going to be late to class.

9:58: Make it to class, grab a seat, and get ready for lecture to start.

Repeat this for 14 weeks, and that’s my semester!

*Wallet, keys, phone. I’m 99% sure all guys do this by tapping their three pockets and making sure the appropriate object is there.

Sophomore Spring as a BME Major

As a BME major, sophomore spring is when you really begin to delve into the classes that teach you the practicality of biomedical engineering. Real engineering courses with a biological impact that begin to build the foundation of the major. It does seem a little late in the game for that, but it’s interesting nonetheless. The two classes that we take are Models & Simulations and Systems & Controls.

My bad, did I say two? I meant four.

Basically each “class” is really a combination of two classes, each of which lasts half a semester. Each grade in half of the overall course totals to be your overall grade. What are these courses? I’ll do my best to explain.

1)  Signals/Systems.

This is class that teaches you about the fundamental properties of actual electric/physical signals. The math here is entirely new and relies on previous experience in all your other math classes. Once you start to understand it though, it’s really interesting how the signals that make up our world can be broken down into these equations.

2) Controls

This course I’m taking right now. Essentially it’s using what you learn in signals to model the control of more complicated systems as a whole. A real world application would be like the control variables of a plane in the air. Interesting stuff.

3) Models

This course is more biologically focused. It’s meant to teach you how to model various biological processes with differential equations. Playing with the parameters and what not will yield various results within the body, and this class teaches you what all that means.

4) Simulations

This latter half of the ModSims class teaches you about taking those one-dimensional linear models from the first half and using them to simulate higher order nonlinear systems that are more biologically accurate. Essentially, not many things in real life are linear, so this teaches you how to use more accurate simulations  with the tools you have.

All in all, this is where the real aspect of biomedical engineering starts to come into play, and I for one am loving it.

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