I hope to transfer after two years, but feel like I will be behind

Hey Jennifer, I am so delighted that I stumbled upon this site, specifically your page, because engineering has always been an interest of mine and fashion is honestly one of my passions. However, I won't be entering my first year of college as an engineering major. I hope to transfer after two years, but feel like I will be behind. Any advice? Also, I don't think I am capable of being an engineer. The material sciences and engineering field is a bit intimidating to me, as a matter of fact all of engineering. I would love to work with companies such as New Balance, Nike or even other companies. Thanks in Advance, advice from someone like you would keep this seventeen year old motivated.
posted by Elizabeth, Stockton on August 25, 2015

Answer by Jennifer Polivka

Hi Elizabeth!  Thank you so much for writing! In my experience, the first year or so of college was a lot more about getting a good general foundation than really focusing specifically on engineering. While I had a good idea of what I wanted to major in, at my school I couldn't apply to get into the department until after completing my first year. That first year I took a wide variety of courses like math, chemistry, writing, and history. I also think the beginning of college is about adjusting and maturing -- getting into good study habits, knowing where or how to get food (haha), and just in general developing a larger sense of independence. So whatever you are doing that first year of college will help you in life and in engineering even if it's not directly tied to engineering.

As for your doubts about your capability as an engineer, I just encourage your to keep your head up and keep working hard. We all know that engineering can be challenging and complex at times, but if you run into difficulties then I have confidence that you can find a way to problem solve whatever roadblock comes your way. If engineering is what you want, then believe in yourself and keep your eye on the goal.  Best wishes!