Sandra Cruz-Pol

Sandra Cruz-Pol

Title
Univ. of Puerto Rico
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Location
Mayaguez, PR, United States
Sandra Cruz-Pol
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You don't need to know coding in many electronics engineering careers. It depends on the specific job and application. But coding is useful in most engineering or even non-engineering fields nowadays. If you don't like it, don't let that get you away from engineering. There are many other engineering 'shores' that are mostly hardware or other tasks. But don't be afraid to try it, you might like it. For me it's like a game of logic. :D

I would definitely say Follow your Dreams!  You have potential and the right reason to pursue an Engineering Field. I did my PhD with two kids, I was the oldest of all grad students, 32 yrs.old, and also the first to graduate among the group! Because you are mature and more focus; that helps a lot! And having a husband who teams up with you is great support! Engineering (Computer or Electrical) is specially a career where there is great demand, and you'll set an example to you students. You'll be  a very positive role model for them.

 I would consider doing an MS or M.E. in EE instead of another B.S. and taking the remedial courses as advised by the institution to fill gaps given your BS was in C.Eng. 

I think starting from scratch is a bit of a waste of time, but that depends on the program you choose and whether they validate your previous courses common between Computer Eng. and EE.

Try to keep fit and healthy, and I don't think your age will affect entry to a career. :)

THe area depends on what you like and what programs that are convenient to you (close or whatever) have to offer.
You can always change specific area later.  Or you could just go back to work as Computer Engineering if you like that, for a while and 'test the waters", see what's up in that field. I wonder why you never worked on it, and decided to teach I assume High school ?)

I wish you success! 

You can do either one. You should choose whatever you like the most. You can find a job in the US either way if you perform well. I have had many students from Latin America. They come to the Univ. of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez because we speak mostly Spanish, but we are accredited by ABET, which is the US accreditation Agency (PR is part of the U.S.) We do use all textbooks in English and some professors teach in English, but its a middle step. All of them have found jobs in the U.S. with no problem if they are good students, some have gone on to pursue a PhD. Hope this is useful, Sandra

My answer would be that this is a typical feeling for woman (we are perfectionist and very harsh judges for ourselves); you think everybody else knows more than you do or has more experience than you. This may not be necessarily true of ALL your classmates, but it may make you feel better if you find some experience by having internships during the summer or a part-time job. But don't overload yourself too much so that you still have time to study! Many males mess up in their work too, and that's just normal, part of the road to learning. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Yes, if a woman makes a mistake some (not very smart people) might want to generalize and stereotype saying, you see, she messed up because she's a female. Don't listen to this, except for proving them wrong. But sometimes, nobody criticizes us; it's all in our minds. So be secure and you'll be accepted. You have to accept yourself first, before others do. You have the interest of learning (that's important and very positive), and you have the will, but you have to forgive yourself. Don't feel devastated. Most guys make many mistakes, and then laugh at themselves. Just get up and go on. Keep your head high and remember that when you succeed (and you will) you will also be easier to remember amongst a crowd of male engineers. :) Sandra