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  • Ellie, Definitely a lot of people go through that same state of mind. Sometimes they wonder what it is that they are going to do once they enter college. A lot of people struggle with Math and Science and definitely if that is something that comes easy to you, then take advantage of it. You are fortunate to be in this position and I know a lot of people that I mentor who have a hard time understanding math and Science or sometimes one or the other. Engineering is definitely not easy but I will tell you this, nothing in life comes easy and you are going to have to sacrifice your time while in college because all of us do it and it pays off great rewards. While I was in college, I was working full time. First I worked at a bank as teller and then I worked in a real estate company. I was also taking a full load in school and volunteering a lot helping other people like you and encouraging them to enter the engineering field. Through my work, I have also met some high school students who maintain a perfect GPA and still have time to do sports and volunteer and even work. This is a very heavy load, but I have full confidence in you and know that you are going to do great and will be able to manage it. We need lots of engineers so that our technology doesnt paralyze and we have creative people making the world a better place for all of us. Dont hesitate to ask me any questions when in doubt. Thanks Ana Luisa Ramirez
  • Haley, I myself am an electrical engineer and always had interest in other fields. One of my interests was always dancing and translating from different languages. I also knew that there were other careers that I wanted to explore, like engineering. I just never knew what type of engineering field I wanted to pursue. I did some research and figured out that either computer or electrical engineering were the fields for me. Definitely it sounds by what you are describing that engineering is something you should explore. The fact that you like math and are good in science is a good indicator that engineering is for you. The type of engineering good for you is something you have to explore based on your likes for the gadgets and things around you. For example, are you good with computers or do they even interest you? Do you like electronics and knowing how they work? If you answer yes to these two questions then you should think of either computer or electrical engineering or even computer science. Sometimes even If you are not curious of how things work, or if you don't want to take things apart, that doesn't determine whether you will be good at engineering. There are lots of engineering fields which don't require you to take things apart. If you like bridges and architectures and how they are built or how you can make them stronger, then you should consider architectural or civil engineering. If you like Chemistry and how to mix components, or are interested in how make-up is made, then you should consider chemical or industrial engineering. If you like biology there are lots of options for you in the engineering field, like bio-engineering and other fields related to this area. The best thing for you to do at this point is to do some research online about the different engineering fields available out there and you will see there are so many options for you to consider. I do advise you to look into engineering as a career. It is a rewarding career and also an investment in your future. Thanks Ana Luisa Ramirez
    Dear Haley, I'm glad that you are investigating this further (that in itself is a mark of an engineer). Try to think of engineering as the greater art of problem solving. So maybe you don't sit at home taking apart your phone, or fixing a broken kitchen appliance, that's OK. Consider the things that DO interest you and how engineering might apply to those topics. Think of dance. Dance is not only the physical art of choreographed movement; it can also be broken down and analyzed to understand why and how it works. When you dance you must be constantly aware of your center of gravity, the friction between your body and the floor, and the angle and height at which you leap. These are all topics covered in Physics and Kinematics, which are the basis of Mechanical Engineering. If you had an interest in studying motion (within Mechanical Engineering) you could: help design video games, in which an athlete's true swing or kick is measured by sensors and then translated to his/her character design a prosthetic limb for a dancer, who also happens to be an amputee While majoring in Engineering might seem like the obvious fit, considering your academic strengths, don't rule out other options. My best friend in high school and I took many of the same AP and honors classes to prepare for college, and we both had great success in math and science. She happened to be a dedicated dancer, like yourself. While I pursued Engineering, she went on to study business and finance, and now has a successful career working in advertising at a very prestigious corporation. The key here is to find where your strengths & interests overlap, and to make sure you are passionate about whatever it is that you choose. Best of luck to you in Engineering - or wherever else your journey may lead. Lisette
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