My name is David Joyner. I am from Detroit, MI: the largest city to ever file for bankruptcy. When this happened in 2013, my church made a conscious effort to help the city. I participated in many service projects such as landscaping, demolition, and home rehabilitation. While doing this I recognized the importance of giving back to the community. Many people fled the city, abandoning its existing infrastructure. I realized how much construction is necessary to provide proper infrastructure to ensure the safety and satisfaction within communities. This intrigued me to pursue a degree in civil engineering so I can give back to my community and shape the world around me.
I just completed my 2nd year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I chose Cal Poly because they have great construction management and engineering programs. I also thought California would be a great state to learn about heavy civil infrastructure, due to the large population and environmental focus. A large population allows me to affect a great number of people with each project. Knowing that my efforts will be utilized by a large number of people encourages quality and pride in my work. Surrounding myself with companies and individuals that make an effort to protect the environment to the best of their abilities is also important to me.
In the construction industry, one must be able to think and react quickly. Working long hours along with managing schedule and budget, I view construction as an appealing challenge. I believe the construction industry provides an opportunity to build communities, improve the lives of others, and grow as an individual.
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