It’s Sunday night, and instead of doing my Heat Transfer homework, I’m writing this blog.
Now, you as the reader must be like, “Whoa! This guy is a slacker, not doing his homework.”
You’d be partially right.
Let me provide some insight into exactly why I am ignoring my Heat Transfer homework.
I do not understand it! This is seemingly self-explanatory, however, this is my blog, and I will expound upon it as I see fit. You see, the week prior to spring break, I left on Wednesday, flying to Los Angeles for the Harbor Cup.
Commencing Harbor Cup tangent. Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club, the Harbor Cup is the West Coast’s premiere intercollegiate offshore regatta. They provide us with Catalina 37 yachts and entrust us to race them among the giant cargo ships in San Pedro Bay and Los Angeles Harbor. Needless to say, it was a great time. Unfortunately, we didn’t sail as well as we’d hoped, but the experience was a great one.
Getting back on track, I missed two days of Heat Transfer class to attend the regatta. When I returned, terms like “Prandtl number” and “Average convection coefficient for mixed flow over a flat plate” were being thrown around.
In addition, I’m simply too tired to care. Typically, I use the weekends to recharge and refresh. This weekend, however, I spent about 16 hours on the River Thames (pronounced “thāmez” here in Connecticut, unlike across the pond) running a regatta that Coast Guard hosts. It was cold. And windy. And cold. And it snowed. Did I mention it was cold?
The good news is that I attend the Coast Guard Academy and my professors really care about my success. Tomorrow morning, I will go to my Heat Transfer professor, show him my futile attempts at solving the problem, and explain to him my difficulties. Then, he will invite me to stop by his office later so we can discuss where I’m struggling and help me work toward a solution, maybe even granting me an extension to finish it up.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must stare at this blank paper for a couple more hours.
UPDATE: Our professor realized some people were really struggling with the assignment, so he extended the deadline by six hours and took over a classroom for an hour to answer questions and provide assistance.
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