This is "Engineer My Life" - Welcome to My World

I am a student studying engineering with the eventual goal of being a nuclear engineer; however, I am not the stereotypical whiz student. I grew up wanting to be a veterinarian for the first fourteen years of life, a classical pianist for the next three, and I positively hated math until the tenth grade. Finally I decided to study physics and/or engineering (yes, I know; random). A year later, I landed on nuclear engineering and have never looked back.

So why did I pick engineering? According to the Merriam Webster, it is “the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people; the design and manufacture of complex products.” In plain English, engineering uses what we learn in the classroom to improve everyday life in the real world. Engineering is about making a difference in the lives of people. All it takes is one invention or one improvement; look at electricity, the telephone, or the car. That’s all engineering is – changing the world, one step at a time.

This blog is about my experiences in student engineering, its positives and negatives, its rationals and radicals, its derivatives and integrals...sorry, nerd moment there, moving on. Hopefully, you can relate to my trials of writing lab reports, learning proofs, and studying all weekend with no time for Doctor Who. A beaker containing 20 grams of perseverance, 15 grams of hard work, and a few milligrams of humor mixed with deionized water and heated over a Bunsen burner until the mixture turns purple with green smoke is the best way to survive and thrive in this crazy world of long study nights and complicated projects. Enjoy the journey, love your life, and look forward to the adventure that is engineering! And don’t forget to take a break for apple pi once in a while!

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