10 November 2015

Welcome to Grad School and Other Weekend Things

currently: laying in my bed in the most uncomfortable position ever but too lazy to adjust
now playing: dopamine (album) | børns

School started on the second to last week of September. I have to say that graduate school isn't all about the classes but more focused on research. (Assuming you're not on the academic-based masters program track). Our 2015 entering cohort has around 20 people which is nice because you get to know everyone on a more personal level and bond better.

As a MSE major, the field covers a mix of different engineering, math, and physical sciences. Therefore the classes are mixed categories.
→ This quarter I'm taking crystal structure and [chem dept's] thermodynamics. For both of the classes we just meet two times a week MW and TR for 1hr20min.
→ We have a really great professor for thermodynamics, but the class is difficult. It reminds me of the thermodynamics we took as an undergraduate but there are more derivations involved (bleh). This class is half MSE students and half chem dept students.
→ Crystals is really hard to understand and even visualize. But I think I'm getting a grasp of what's going on. It just makes me sad because a lot of the graduate students who studied MSE as an undergraduate have more advantage in this class because they've been exposed to the subject before.

As soon as the first week of school was over, we ended our "Welcome to America" tour for Sebastian with a mini Vegas trip.
We left the IE at 7ish, made one stop at the south outlets in Primm for a mcdonalds/bathroom stop, and got to Vegas at midnight. Because we weren't going to stay for a long time in the city, we decided to max out our time there so we wandered around down the strip for the rest of the night, all the way to Planet Hollywood for Earl of Sandwich until 4am (LOL). We were so tired when we got back to our rooms.
We stayed at the Palazzo ♥ and had joint rooms next to each other, so we just opened the middle door. Attempts of pregaming were made pre-wandering but I think we were so tired that it was hard to tell if we were drunk or sleepy. I had my first Fat Tuesday too!! :D It was very yummy. Though, I would prefer a strawberry flavored one next time.

The same morning (since I guess our activities technically started on Saturday), we woke up at 11 and went to White Castle, which I thought was absolutely disgusting and that we should've spent the extra dollars at Shake Shack down the street because you can't go wrong with that, but there's no one to blame for visiting White Castle because it's worth the visit anyways- you'll never know until you try. Then we did some gambling at the Mirage where S won a SHITLOAD (excuse my language but it really is a lot) of money. Almost 1K, to be clear. (Like welcome to the USA dude, for reals). We left the casinos and headed back to the pool at our hotel because we couldn't settle on which day club to go to (laaaaaame). Also it was way past the time of free entrance and a few people were wishy washy about pool-ing. (seriously guys?). Anyways, we ended up at Azure, at our place. The music was pretty good but the crowd had a "i'm too cool for this" vibe (or rather maybe they were too old (late 20's?). M and I tried to get the crowd to turn up...I'd say we reached 60% turnt, then we got too tired and we just left everyone hahah. We were going to hit up Bacchanal after the pool, but our plans changed and we went to the Buffet at Bellagio instead. Though it was older and not renovated to meet the standards of other resorts, I think the food was really good and worth the price. Plus, there was only a 15 min wait- could be off season or just early? Not sure. But big shout out to Sebastian because he bought us all dinner...yes all $660ish of it. Post dinner, D and I wandered off to cash out our vouchers but discovered Hyde Lounge (at Bellagio) and its beauty along the way. The GM was very nice and put my name+party onto the list so that we could get back in later for FREEE! heh. But anyways we had plans to go to TAO but that fell through, then our promoter gave us problems so we ended up at 1oak, which I did not enjoy very much BUT that's not to say that I didn't enjoy the time I spent with everyone. (D also tried to buy the girls a taxi so that we didn't have to walk down the strip again in our heels but C paid for it instead...THANK YOU! ♥). In 1oak, we formed a circle (hah how LB exclusive of us to do such a thing #typical) and just danced the night away....more like the girls danced their feet away and then we left because we were all in pain and the guys carried us (see- dragged) out LOL (jk @ drag). But yeah. Thanks to C and E for buying us (10 people) shots in the club. Sebastian bought us all beers after we left the club so thanks for that :) //D and C didn't come out clubbing with us that night, they had the evening to themselves strolling down the strip.// But anyways. D and I went back and everyone else gambled until the early AM.

View of the Strip from Hyde

Sunday morning we had a huge clean up of the mess we made in the hotel room. And out of habit E tried to make the beds and put pillows back onto the beds LOL. I thought that was kind yet funny. C M and I went downstairs for ...they got coffee and I got pressed juice from Juice Farm (omg that $12 makes me appreciate SoCal juices). After checking out, we went to Carlo's Bakery (didn't phase me much) and I took a small leave to visit Bouchon♥. After gambling some more (LOL so much gambling) we went to arts district for tacos....thanks E and S for the rec...the food was really good!! We headed home after and said good bye to Sebastian once we got back to school because his flight was the next day at noon.

S's crazy camping bus he drove to Yosemite the week before!!

sorry not sorry

Sunday's OOTD, twinning outfits with Steph btw!

another millionth time we lost Thomas, GOSH DARN IT TOM

bathroom stop!!

also trying to see the eclipse
What a weekend.

The LB group really does know how to 'cram' and 'make the most' out of everything :) I thought it was quite dead and unlively for a vegas trip but I still cherish the moments and memories I make with my peers. It was very fun now thinking back :)

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