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i've always been good at science and math comes easy to me. my brother and dad are both engineers. i'm an athlete, and am planning on competing in college. i'm worried that the work load for engineering might be too much. has anyone had any experience with this?

also... i have a 4.0, but i'm second-guessing how smart i am and if i would be sucessful as an engineer or not. this may sound stupid, but is everyone that is studing engineering brillant?
thanks!
posted by Ellie, az on March 28, 2012

Answer by Ana Luisa Ramirez

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