How did you know engineering was for you?

How did you know engineering was for you? I am enrolled in my first semester of college, and I am on a course to get an associates in science and I want to transfer to receive a degree in biomedical engineering. What do you think was hardest for you about engineering?
posted by Whitney, Gilbert on June 15, 2013

Answer by Catherine Ross

Hi Whitney! I didn't even know what an engineer really was in high school. I liked math and science so someone suggested to me that I go into engineering. I didn't really understand fully what that meant until my freshman year in college where I was required to go to informational sessions on each department's research. That's when I really started to understand what each department focused on and what engineering was. I think the hardest part about engineering for me was the different way I was treated compared to high school. In high school I was encouraged to do anything. I always got very good grades and was supported by all of my teachers and in all of my extracurricular activities. In college, there was a very different attitude, at least in my experience. The professors were more harsh in the way they graded, so I thought for the first semester that I was the stupidest person in the class. Little did I know EVERYONE was failing and that all the students felt like that! That's why I really enjoyed my experience with my sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, because it was not only a sorority which offered sisterhood and friends for life, but also support from people who understood my choice of profession. Whatever your choice in support networks is, I would recommend finding a "home" as soon as possible and remember that you are not alone in your struggles and thousands of girls just like you are experiencing the same situation. Just because you fail one test (or several) doesn't mean you won't be a fantastic engineer one day! Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)