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Posted on Oct 30, 2016

I want to be an engineer. I am not one hundred percent sure what I want my engineering branch to be, but I am steering towards being a civil engineer with a structural specialization. I plan to live in California for a few years after I obtain my bachelor's degree and begin my engineering career there.

Context: I am interested in this career because I have a passion for art, and feel that I can use this passion in a career that will be able to provide for me. I feel that my love for art will be useful in the design aspect that can be in engineering. I have always enjoyed math and have never felt hate towards the subject, therefore the combination of math and art seems to equal a good fit into the engineering field for me.
College: I plan to spend two years at Camden County College in order to save money, and continue my studies by transferring to Rutgers University - New Brunswick campus. I have been interested in the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus because I have heard of their impressive and competitive engineering school, and my older brother attended the Rutgers Camden campus during his college years.
Other Education: I plan to begin my education at a community college two years after I graduate high school, then transfer on to a four-year college.
Activities: In college, I plan to volunteer, participate in extracurricular activities, and possibly maintain a part-time job. There is more to college than course classes, and extra-curricular activities that I have participated in during high-school has greatly added onto my experience.
Job Experience: I am currently employed in a part-time job at Stride Rite, a retail company for children's shoes. This is a job that I hold in order to provide a stepping stone for me towards the "working life", allowing myself to experience time management, work-life balance, customer service, and a great deal of responsibility.
Soft Skills: I find that my soft skills are conflict negotiation, perfectionism, artistic judgement, and time management. If I feel that I am struggling through a certain task, I often converse with my teachers or professional boss to discuss a way to come up with a solution to satisfy both parties. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, and try my hardest to do anything to the best of my ability. I tend to hold a good artistic judgement, and I am often able to criticize my own artwork and determine where in my pieces I could have done better, such as where I could have made my lines cleaner or straighter, etc.
Hard Skills: I am more than willing to learn how to be better at math, I'm great at drawing, I have incredible typing speed, I am able to understand a majority of Tagalog, I'm proficient in Google Drive.
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