I am Gabriella Giordano from San Jose, California, a senior, studying Civil Engineering at LeTourneau University, in Longview, Texas. As a child, I had a strong curiosity for earth moving equipment and exploring under bridges; I would stare at them all day if I was allowed, wondering how they were made and what they could do. I love to do family outdoor activities of hiking and riding dirt bikes. Dirt bike riding to me is not only an outlet for energy rush but also provides me the ability to see the world from a different perspective. I am able to explore places that a car cannot take me like under bridges and near abandoned structures.
In my childhood, my father provided me with Legos to allow my young mind to explore the stability of different structures and how different pieces fit within each other. Once I had completed a structure, my dad would relate what I had built to actual structural techniques that were being used in industry. A few years later, my dad explained to me how to read and understand the plans for the extension on our house and what each of the different symbols meant. As I learned to read, he would show me how each of the notes interconnected and would ultimately tie the plans together.
The aspect of Project Management has interested me ever since I can remember. As a Pre-Kindergartener, my parents would get reports from my teachers that I was “running my own factory.” I would tell my friends to look around the pea gravel box, pull out each of the rainbow colored rocks and bring them back to me as I was sitting on the swing set. The teachers said I was not being a mean child, I could just get the children to do as I asked.
Fast-forward to when I was applying to college, my father suggested that I look at Civil Engineering because many aspects of my life lined up with the goals of a Civil Engineer. As I have gone through all of my classes at LeTourneau, I have absolutely loved Civil Engineering. I have been able to experience surveying, multiple aspects of project management, intriguing design courses, and the history of Civil Engineers.
I chose to do an internship at Graniterock Construction because of the experience I would get in the construction industry. I figured that my interests in construction would help me thrive as a Project Engineer. Graniterock allowed me to fulfill my curiosity of almost the entire system of the construction industry. They were supportive of me being able to adventure to asphalt paving, concrete pouring, soil nail wall construction, the A.R. Wilson Quarry, and other projects to be able to widen my exposure to what the construction industry involves. I also worked closely with my project manager who showed me what the daily life of a project manager was, which was the experience that I most enjoyed throughout my internship.
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