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What are some key steps recommended that I should engage in that will impact being a successful chemical engineer ?

I'm Destani, A junior attending Madison Park High School. My junior year I've been in a chemistry course and I have became super interested in a variety of aspects in chemistry. I am also interested in engineering, So I put the two together and Im interested in knowing more about this career ! #college #engineering #chemical-engineering


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A chemical engineering degree involves a lot of mathematics, algebra, calculus, and obviously chemistry. It is imperative to have a solid mastery of the basics of these concepts. You will use them in nearly all of your core classes throughout college. In my opinion, the most important area is calculus. If you have the opportunity to take and AP calculus course I would highly recommend it. You will use those skills in nearly all of the chemical engineering classes in some capacity. Also start developing strong note-taking skills as your classes will have very complicated information (and a lot of it) that you will need to be able to break down, understand, and apply to problems that you are given on homework and tests. These basic skills will allow you to effectively learn all of the information that you will be taught in your classes.


Chemical engineering is a great field because you can work in so many different fields with that degree. The food, pharmaceutical, petroleum, and environmental industries all hire chemical engineers. If this is the area you want to go into, I would suggest researching the different careers in these different fields to see which, if any, interest you. This will help you when you choose classes in college.


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Creativity and problem solving is engineering....If you would like to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree. Be sure to master math and the sciences and throw in a class that stretches your creativity. Also, get involved in school science projects and competitions. This will help you get organized and appreciate a schedule. Practical experience is very important. One thing not to overlook is the importance of English composition/writing. Process engineers write many reports and procedures, and there is nothing more distracting than trying to read a poorly written report. If you continue to college be sure to get an internship in the industry to have an interest in. Good luck.


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