Nervous about my college applications

Hey, I am currently considering taking up either a mechanical or aeronautical engineering course at university but I'm struggling with trying to convince myself that this course will suit me. After attending various open days and taster courses engineering is definitely satisfying me and I wish I found out a lot earlier so that I could have participated in more relevant activities. The time is coming for me to write my personal statement for my university application, when I read past examples people seem to talk about things they did when they were younger and use a lot of technical words I don't understand. Is it too late for me to consider engineering? I know absolutely nothing and I'm scared I'll come across as confused. Please help :(
posted by Tisha, London on August 7, 2013

Answer by Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo

Dear Tisha,

It is never too late! I never took an engineering class until I decided to get a masters in it. I finished my bachelors degree in physics and decided that it was not a career path that suited me. Perhaps I felt the same way you do. I had never had an engineering class but what I did know about it had me interested.

If there is still an opportunity to gain some engineering experience through a internship or shadow program take advantage of it now. If not, put together a personal statement that highlights all your best qualities and don't worry so much about others have done. You might ask a science or engineering teacher or guidance councilor for help with technical language. It is important to let the university know that you have the desire, curiosity, and enthusiasm to learn engineering. From personal experience, mechanical and aeronautical engineering are challenging but infinitely rewarding fields of study.

And, if you find that they don't suite you after taking some courses, at least you'll know for sure.

Best of luck!

Alicia