Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 24 February 2014 – So you spend 4 years slugging it out with core classes, trying to find the best general education courses, that you’re interested in, that hopefully won’t be too demanding if your schedule is already looking rough, and getting involved with your academic community. After all this time, after the good the bad and the ugly you come up to a point where you have to make one of the biggest decisions of your life. That is where I stand this day, deciding (after 4 year of hard work) whether to get a job or go to graduate school. It seems like just a few months ago I was a freshman looking at the beginning of my collegiate career and here I am sliding down the tail end.
Many of my friends have decided to go into industry but I don’t think I’m quite done with the “good ole years”. I have my eyes set on graduate school and let me tell you, it can be an exciting and overwhelming task to find the perfect school. First I had to take those 4 years previously mentioned and wrap them up, polish them and present them on 1 piece of paper (my resumé). Then I had to search for the schools that are at the top of the field of energy engineering. Once I found the schools I narrowed them down by looking at their current research and active professors. All the while I spent studying for the GRE which is always a pleasure (Not too bad for us engineers!!). Then the biggest moment of them all comes, submitting the accumulation of your life to the schools of your choice. I sent in resumés, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a multitude of essays. Then the waiting game begins.
Luckily for me I got into the three schools I applied to and I am currently set up to visit them. I still have Ohio University on my list of schools as well. This exploration and decision will be in chapter 2 of (What to do after my undergraduate degree).
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 22 January 2013 – It would appear as cliché as it sounds, that freshman year seems like just yesterday. On one hand, this statement is absolutely correct. Around 1,277 days has already nearly flown by since I started the journey. It hasn’t felt like that! Regardless of how it felt, life is going on and life after Undergraduate School is looming. There are two options waiting to be chosen in the near distant future, job seeking, or graduate school.
First and foremost, finding a great job in a great location would be terrific! I really enjoyed my time working at Toledo Molding & Die this last summer. I was able to apply real theories and lessons learned in the class room and apply them on the manufacturing floor. This is an exhilarating feeling! Making real money for all my hard knowledge was very rewarding. This is option one.
Option two will take some patience and dedication. Graduate School has its own advantages. I would get a chance to continue to study Industrial & Systems Engineering at a more intense level at a school I love. I would have the same excellent faculty and staff to learn and be advised under. I would get the opportunity to study and concentrate on areas in which concern me within the Industrial Engineering world, which would be great.
Two great options are available for the choosing. Both options carry great weight. All that is left now is to decide!
Abby Frankart, Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 8 November 2011 – My fall quarter has been overloaded with classes, group projects, and work. I’ve spent time working with my learning community, worked with other students in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, collaborated with faculty and the Student Advisory Board, but none of these have been a huge stress for me. My biggest stress has been applying for grad schools and fellowships. Applications, essays, standardized tests. My senior year of high school all came flashing back to me this quarter. The most frequent question I get from friends is: why?
A lot of engineering students decide to go immediately into the workplace rather than moving on to grad school. Many entry level engineering positions only require your undergraduate degree. I expect that my career path will be a little difference. The summer between my sophomore and junior year, I learned about Boston Dynamics project, BigDog. I got so excited about this project, that I knew I wanted to work in the robotics field, which most of these jobs required a Masters Degree, at the minimum! So even though going through the whole application process is long, cumbersome, and stressful, I know that it’s what I want to do.
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