Throughout my early years in high school, like many other students, I was unsure of the career path I wanted to pursue. I was always passionate about the environment, but it wasn’t until I took the class, A.P. Environmental Science, that I knew what I would want to do for the rest of my life. I fell in love with the science, logistics and complexity of the environment and every little aspect that went into creating such a vast world we live in today. Despite the passion I had for environmental science, there was another part of me that wanted to do something more. Ever since I was younger, I always enjoyed building projects with my father. This heightened the fascination I had for trying to solve complex jobs. I always needed to find a way to solve a task that others couldn’t. When I got the opportunity to take technology and woodshop classes, it only furthered my passion. This led me to the idea of being an engineer. During my college search, I came across Lehigh. It was well known for its engineering department and for the immense resources and machinery located on their campus. This school was also well known for being very challenging. As a young female, persistent on joining a male dominated profession, I was determined to get into a school that would set me up to be better than most in my career. Being offered an engineering internship at Posillico has been one of highest educational achievements I have made thus far in my academic career. The main reason, I believe, that I was ready for this internship program was due to the rigorous educational program Lehigh University has put me through for the last three years. During my time at Lehigh, I was not only exposed to the environmental part of engineering, but the civil side as well. The program I was in allowed for me to explore two disciplines because these two majors had a lot more in common than I anticipated. Being a part of civil engineering as well as environmental, only excited the part of me that wanted a career where I would see both of those aspects in real life. I believe construction and remediation is where I need to be to achieve these goals. This internship for Posillico Environmental has allowed me to see how soil remediation actually takes place and how what we do, allows for the advancement of the quality of human life. This advancement comes from the possibility of a new development that can now be put on top of an area that was once too unhealthy to live on. The purpose of engineering is to improve the world in which we live in and that is exactly what I plan on doing with my career.
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