Wednesday, February 29, 2012
2nd Day of classes and it is looking good so far! This semester I am taking 6 classes. Public Health Issues in EM, Crisis Communication, Natural Hazards, Intel and National Security, Business Continuity and Toxicology. All are very interesting and I should be able to use them upon graduation to find a career. I also signed up for ship board maintenance, I will be doing routine deck side maintenance for 4 hours a week. Some of the jobs include painting, grinding and other small jobs.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Today I went shopping for last minute items and to find a gift for my roommate at Shanghai Maritime. I was unsuccessful in finding a Jeremy Lin jersey, so I settled for Paul Pierce, which in my mind is better.
This evening, my extended family and a few of my friends came over for a goodbye dinner. It was great to see everyone one last time before I leave for China. There was so much food and all of it was delicious. Everyone had questions for me about what I was going to be doing, what my schedule would be like, where I will visiting, how is my communication skills, what will I eat if I don't like the food, etc. I was able to answer most of the questions thanks to an informational meeting that happened this past Wednesday.
Time to finish last minute laundry and get ready to head out to Logan.
P.S. I hope this rain stops, don't want a delayed flight.
Being from Miami I am used to being away from home for long periods of time, and when I take part in internships that period is extended. However, leaving for another country is a different story, it is a new chapter in my short book you may call life. Not many people can say they have visited China, studied in China then again not many people can say they are part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. As I sit here looking at the clock tick down I cannot believe that I will be jumping on a plane and on my way to China in twelve hours.
When the opportunity to be considered for this program was provided I jumped at it right away. It is funny how time flies since it feels like just yesterday that I was sitting down with Lt. Deegan and Dr. Ghosh interviewing to be selected. I remember how nervous I was for that interview and that feeling has returned as I finish packing for my trip. I cannot wait to learn about a whole new heritage as well as expanding my education. As well as visiting some of their prized landmarks such as The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Beijing and many more. Hopefully I can see my roommate He Zhenyu (William) that I hosted during his time at the Academy.
This is all for now, I will be keeping everyone posted during our stay at Shanghai Maritime University as well as posting pictures. Hope everyone has a wonderful day or how they like to say in Chinese Wǒ xīwàng měi gèrén dōu yǒu yīgè měihǎo de yītiān (I hope everyone has a wonderful day)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
PS. This picture took when I was waiting for bus (the first bus stop). It was not as bad as back to Massachusetts. However, it was a disaster here.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
And it was just the beginning of the weekend, the night still young.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Still chugging along at BIDMC! We had a meeting with the facilities manager a few days ago regarding the Command Center renovations I have been working on. It went really well actually, he was all for it and even provided some insight with the layout. Now that he has approved the build its on to the toughest part, finding the money and getting all the paper work approved. This process will take months but the guys promised to send pictures as the project moved forward!
My self and my roommate are currently working as Subject Matter Experts with Black Swan Risk Consulting LLC. We have been building the framework for a comprehensive survey that can be given to educational institute facilities. The survey will cover many topics including safety, code compliance, risk assessment and many others. It has been an unbelievable learning experience for both of us. We have been roommates for the last 2 years but we have never worked together like this. Having to combine Emergency Management and Facilities Engineering has been complicated but so far we have made great progress on the project. We meet via conference call ever week with the CEO and one of the project managers to update them on our progress. The use of dropbox has been incredible for us to stay connected even when working at different times.