Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 18 November 2014 –
A very popular question from students thinking about going into engineering is “How much free time do you actually have?” Of course any engineering student will answer this a little differently because it varies for everyone. This question also goes along with the college myth of sufficient sleep, good grades, or social life: you can only pick two of the three.
Any college student is going to have to learn a little time management to balance classes, social life and taking care of yourself. But it’s certainly possible to have all three and some free time also. Free time is different for any student as to how they are involved on campus or in hobbies. It’s sometimes easy to get over-committed with a lot of organizations, but if it’s for clubs you really enjoy then it will be worth it.
I normally have about 3 to 4 hours of meetings every week for organizations, but obviously some students have more and some less. Outside of this I still find free time during the week to relax and have fun doing my own hobbies. It’s not impossible for college students, and even engineering students, to be involved, study hard, and have fun too!
Bradley Lang, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 29 February 2012 – It is two weeks before finals and the most important part about engineering is time management. All the time the last couple of weeks before finals the teacher gives everybody a final project that ties everything that was learned over the quarter and puts it all together to see if you have learned anything. In my classes I have two huge projects that I am currently working on. One is dimensional metrology using all of the calculations that we have learned over the quarter. In another class my group is putting together a prototype of our nightstand that we have designed in my senior design class. We are checking our design concepts to see if this product is actually able to make in production run. So we are actually having to look forward into the future and try to predict what will make our production run smoother and achievable next quarter.
David Parisi, Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 27 February 2012 – Video games and engineering seem to go hand in hand, however the engineering workload can be very time consuming. Last week I had three midterms and the week before I had another one. All of the studying can take away from playing time intensive video games such as Skyrim. I was forced to set down my controller and take some time to study. It was worth it because I have done well on the ones that I’ve gotten back. I have rewarded myself already with a few hours of Skyrim and almost making it to level 70.
Even though engineering can be a difficult major, many of the engineers that I know make time to play a good amount of video games, ranging from first person shooters (Call of Duty and Battlefield 3) to MMORPGs. First person shooters usually win out because they do not take as much time to play as other video games do. I have always been more of a fan of any kind of RPG and still do my best to keep playing them in the few weeks of school that have a lighter workload. Being an engineer doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing video games, you just need to improve your time management skills.
Wish me luck on hitting the level cap.