Struggling with Environmental Engineering Bachelors Degree

I am currently an Environmental Engineering BS Candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology (AKA Georgia Tech), and I was wondering what led you to decide on your concentration/specialty. Also what advice would you give to an engineering student who is currently struggling with the rigor of an engineering curriculum?
posted by Valeria, Georgia Tech, Atlanta on May 6, 2013

Answer by Sharon D. Kenny

Valeria, hello!  Thank you for the chance to reach out to you, and hopefully, to many other students experiencing similar challenges.

I had the opportunity to explore diverse career paths in the environmental field through my participation in various internships.  Nothing beats having a 10-week hands-on experience developing differential equations for modeling water vapor in the troposphere to realize that programming is absolutely not for me.  I strongly encourage you to pursue a few co-op opportunities as soon as you can.

Valeria, did you already take Physical Chemistry?  How about Dynamics or Hydraulic Engineering?  These are, among many others, very difficult courses that will consume all your waking hours, and then some.  So to deal with the pursuit of a career that is inherently challenging, I recommend the following:

  1.  Have an unbiased self-analysis on how you are spending your time and get rid of things that are extraneous;
  2. Find a study partner and get together on a regular basis;
  3. Sign up for 1 to 1 tutoring at the Center for Academic Success; and
  4. Visit your professor regularly during his office hours.