My name is Alec Bateman, and I am an undergraduate student at North Dakota State University majoring in civil engineering. I am going into my third year in the four year program, and am contemplating pursuing a masters degree. Growing up, I always had an interest in construction and engineering. I love math and science, and I have always enjoyed designing, building, and fixing things. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when I am able to do it for someone else’s benefit. I settled on civil engineering because of the impact that it has on cities and communities, and how crucial it is for the America that we know today. From designing and building roads and bridges, to providing clean water to where it is needed, civil engineering and construction help impact everyone’s life in a positive way.
I chose to do an internship in construction because I wanted to gain some hands on experience in my field of study. I wanted to learn how a job site runs, and I wanted to be able to experience the real life applications of what I am learning in college. There are two very important aspects of civil engineering and construction to be learned, and the knowledge gained in the classroom only encompasses one of them. Spending time in the field and being able to witness and experience how that side of the industry runs is just as important, because what is learned out there cannot be taught simply by reading from a textbook. Experiencing the real life applications of what I am learning in college also makes my classes more enjoyable, and gives me more motivation to understand and master the material. With this knowledge and experience under my belt, I feel that I am well prepared for my future in civil engineering.
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