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Fall 2008 ASEN/ASTR 2500 Class Expectations Last year’s student response to the question: “Were your expectations for this class met?” My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded. Before this class, I had no idea what engineers really do. I knew they help make all of modern society function, but I had no idea in what way. Besides revealing what my future has in store for me, this class helped me find my true passion in aerospace engineering. When I applied for school I had no idea why I wanted to be in aerospace other than it sounded like a challenge. I now realize that I am studying aerospace because not all the “big questions” in this field have answers. Space is essentially the last frontier, and I’m the kind of person that wants to take part in conquering it. Coming into this class, I learned of the strict expectations, and was slightly intimidated. However, once the course began, I relaxed when I realized all the benefits I would receive from the course. Like we were forewarned, the class was very time-consuming and challenging. However, it was definitely my favorite course this semester, and I’m disappointed that I will not have the opportunity to take another course of this experience until my senior year. Building a satellite was more than I expected when I came to CU, and I had so much fun along the way. I might not have slept much, but it was definitely worth it. Therefore, this course exceeded my expectations. My expectations for this class were completely met. I was worried about all the work at first, but it all paid off and the launch was really great. I had a few problems of not getting along with team members but it didn't prove to be a huge problem. Considering that I did not really know what to expect coming into this class, I would say that my expectations were vastly exceeded. I began my freshman year without any inkling into what was truly in store for me or what Aerospace Engineering was really about. All I knew of this course was that it was a substitute for freshmen projects and dealt with space. It was a win- win. However, I did first believe that this class would be easy due to that fact that it is only worth two credits. This assumption was soon proven to be false as the workload was said to rival that of a five credit class. Awesome. At first the class did not appear to be too difficult and I thought that all those stories I heard were exaggerated or possibly lies to trick us into working harder than was necessary; only a few homework assignments were initially due and all that had taken place were lectures. As soon as our teams were assigned, however, this all changed. The pace seemed to increase weekly, as our overall launch deadline inched closer and closer. Many a nights were spent compiling and revising proposals (I think that Aden Lounge has actually claimed a good -1-
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Fall 2008 ASEN/ASTR 2500 Class Expectations two weeks of my adult life) and stress levels were always at peak before due dates. I began to see
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