Daniel’s first year of college…

…has come to a close. We all survived the transition with just a few bumps and bruises. It was really hard for me when Daniel moved out, even though his college campus is 5 minutes from our house. He wasn’t living here and most of my updates about his life came in the form of tweets or from facebook. I did get to see him briefly on the weekends when he needed a ride to work. Originally our deal was I would do his laundry if he came for dinner on Sunday nights. Somewhere along the way the dinner’s ended but I was still stuck with the laundry (actually Beth was stuck with the laundry since she is the Queen of laundry in our house.)

Daniel went into college with the typical smart kid attitude that he didn’t need to study for his classes. He should have learned his lesson after his first quarters grades but it took him until the 3rd quarter to realize that he really needed to take college seriously. By the 3rd quarter he was taking advantage of open hours with his professors and spending a little more time studying and a little less time partying. OK maybe not any less time partying, I really don’t know about that. I just like to think that there was less time being spent on alcohol! But it’s hard to bring those GPA’s up after they’ve fallen a bit.

Here he is the day we moved him onto campus, he looks so studious.  You can read more about Daniel’s first week of school here, here and here.DSC01011

Here he is with 2 of his good friends Jimmy and John. These are the guys that he’s moving into an apartment with next fall.

Adam, Daniel & Jon

And here he is with his girlfriends Alicia. They met at last years white water rafting summer camp for incoming freshman and have been hanging out together ever since.

Daniel & Alicia 3

Jazz hands!

daniel & jon & hat

Daniel & strange guy

And here he is with his new shorter haircut and slightly gauged ears.


He started out the year leaning towards mechanical engineering but after the second quarter he had changed his mind and has decided to major in computer science engineering. These are the classes he’ll be taking over the next 3-4 years along with their descriptions. (I suspect the only people that will read that are his grandparents and Aunt Shauna)

What exactly is Computer Science Engineering? this is what Wikipedia has to say:

a discipline that combines both electrical and electronic engineering and computer science.[1] Computer engineers usually have training in electronic engineering, software design and hardware-software integration instead of only software engineering or electronic engineering. Computer engineers are involved in many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture.

Usual tasks involving computer engineers include writing software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, designing VLSI chips, designing analog sensors, designing mixed signal circuit boards, and designing operating systems. Computer engineers are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on using digital systems to control and monitor electrical systems like motors, communications, and sensors.

And how did Daniel do with his grades this first year? Not too bad considering all that partying!

Autumn quarter

CHEM 121, General Chemistry, C
ENGINEER 100.12, Mechanical Engineering Survey, A
ENGINEER 181.02, Intro to Engineering 1, B
MATH 150, Elementary Functions, B-

GPA 2.607 (Autumn quarter)

Winter quarter

CHEM 122, General Chemistry, C-
ENGINEER 183.02, Intro to Engineering II, B+
MATH 151.01, Calculus & Analytical Geometry 1, C-

GPA 2.069 (winter quarter)
2.348 (cumulative)

Spring quarter

EDUPL 259, Independent Learning & Motivation:College, A
MATH 152.01, Calculus & Analytical Geometry 2, C
PSYCH 100, General Psychology, B

GPA 3.000(spring quarter)
2.580 (cumulative)

and here’s what he’ll be taking in the fall:

BIOLOGY 113, Energy Transfer & Dvl
CSE 201, Elementary Computer Programming
ENGLISH 110.02, First-Yr English Comp
MATH 153.01, Calculus & Analytical Geometry 3

and just in case you’re not sure how the grade scale breaks down anymore, here it is:

3.8-4.0, A (superior achievement)

3.5-3.7, A-

3.2-3.4, B+

2.9-3.1, B (above average achievement)

2.6-2.8, B-

2.3-2.5, C+

2.0-2.2, C (average achievement)

1.6-1.9, C-

We’re very proud of what he’s accomplished so far and are excited to see what will come from all of this in the future!


2 thoughts on “Daniel’s first year of college…

  1. Glad he’s on track. I’m not sure how much college grades count unless you’re trying to get into grad school. Do you think he (and other students) are more likely to take college seriously if they have to pay for college themselves?

  2. Well Daniel spent about $7000 of his own money last year, plus he took out $4500 in loans the rest of his money came from work study and some grants. I continually reminded him that he was paying a lot of money for his education and that he should be making the most of it. It really irritated me when i would hear about him skipping classes. But I think he just had to figure it all out on his own. Ultimately he is the one paying for his education so it is out of my hands how he handles it. I think a lot of it is a maturity issue, and that come from making mistakes and having to deal with the consequences. We just hope that his mistakes are always fixable.

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