My name is Quinn McHugh and I am currently studying Civil Engineering at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. I have always been fascinated by the construction industry ever since I was a toddler. My first experience on a construction site was back in 1994 when my mother carried me over to a project site where a house was being built. The Foreman allowed me to sit in a dump truck and honk the horn. I can recall being startled by the loud horn as my mother and the foreman laughed. Ever since that day I knew I wanted to be apart of America’s construction industry and contribute as a leader.
I have wanted to study Civil Engineering ever since I learned, at a young age, what they do and how they contribute to society. I have always been obsessed with large structures and buildings. When I was six years old, my aunt bought me a book with some of the world’s tallest buildings and largest structures on each page. The book is loaded with information regarding each structure. To this day I still admire everything in that book and read about all the specs when I have free time. I have also had the pleasure of experiencing hard workmanship and excellent craftsmanship my whole life. My grandfather was an electrician for 55 years and my uncle worked in the construction industry until he was 63 years old. They both have inspired me to work hard and pursue a career in construction. From time to time, my uncle still drives me around the greater Cleveland area and shows me projects that he and my grandfather were on throughout their careers.
After I graduated high school, I decided to serve my country in the United States Marine Corps. I learned many leadership traits and had experiences that made me a stronger person. Upon completing my four year contract in the Marines, I was excited to begin studying for a career in the construction world. The Civil Engineering department at Cleveland State University is excellent and is preparing me for a successful career. Outside the standard ABET requirement classes like “strengths of materials” and “structural steel design”, I have joined my school’s estimating team and regularly participate in our ASCE chapter.
I know what it means to be apart of a project that you helped build and the pride one can take in knowing that what you built can be appreciated for generations to come. When the opportunity came for a second internship with The Great Lakes Construction Co, I immediately took it. I am currently on the same project as I was last year but we are in a completely different phase. It is amazing to see how much progress the project has made. We are finishing up within the next few months on Cleveland’s Memorial Lakefront West Shoreway and I can’t help but to feel a small sense of pride in knowing that I did my part to contribute. The things that I learned will be something that I will cherish for a lifetime. I chose to do an internship in construction because I want to carry the responsibility of getting the job done. I want to be a strong and knowledgeable leader that people can look up to and trust. Having done this internship has given me more knowledge and experience to be a successful leader in the construction industry and my community.
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