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What's some advice for an aspiring aerospace engineer?

Just got into UCSD for an aerospace engineering degree, any pointers would be great!

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Carl’s Answer

Hi Eden. Congratulations on your acceptance to UCSD. Aerospace engineering is a demanding major so first I will start with your immediate challenge which is your matriculation through school. Ensure you plan your days, have milestones for exams/important assignments so that you are prepared, network with other students in your major, and leverage your professor's office hours. If you are having trouble understanding any material, use your campus resources to seek help immediately. As far as the professional aspect, my best advice is to seek internships or possibly a co-op assignment. If you are not familiar with a co-op assignment, it's an assignment in which you alternate between school and work. It will take you longer to graduate but you will gain valuable work experience while in school. I gave this same advice to one of my mentees last year around this time and it changed her life. She worked at Boeing as an intern last year and was invited to come back this summer for another internship. Experience matters once you get into the workforce. Visit your school's career center and have them guide you through this process. They can assist with the job search, resume writing, interviewing, and anything you need to help you land an internship. Good luck.

Carl recommends the following next steps:

See if your school has an academic success center to help with study tips and making the transition to college.
Visit your school's career center and seek guidance on obtaining an intership or co-op assignment.
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Kristin’s Answer

Eden - Congratulations!! I'd say continue to do all of the wonderful things that got you where you are - study hard, stay focused on your priorities, and take care of yourself. In addition, start looking for ways to build your network in your field and seek internship and shadowing opportunities. Good luck!
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