My name is Rachel Formica, I am currently pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering at West Virginia University. I grew up in Montville, Ohio, a small, rural town. I lived on a working farm raising cows and pigs. I also spent my summers cutting and bailing hay. I have competitively shown horses since the age of 8. Showing horses has given me my dedication, work ethic, and love for the outdoors. My childhood taught me the meaning of hard work and reaping the rewards of my efforts.
My dad introduced me to the field of construction at a very young age. My grandfather and father began and ran their own plumbing company. Even as a child, I was used to being on construction sites. As I grew up, my dad taught me how to run various pieces of equipment. These hands-on experiences sparked an interest in me. I have helped my dad construct buildings, dig water lines, and complete directional bores. I have never been afraid to get my hands dirty and am the first one to help-out on any projects we have going on. Due to my exposure to many aspects of construction, I knew that I wanted it to be a part of my life. I chose to do an internship in construction with an engineering angle to use ingenuity to solve problems.
Currently at West Virginia University, I am an active member of ASCE and a new member of our concrete canoe team. Through those I am able to meet people in my major, give back to the community, and expand my network. With the concrete canoe team, I am hoping to learn more about different concrete mixes and collaborating on a project. This will help undoubtable assist me in my future endeavors. Additionally, I am a member of the WVU Honors College and Chi Epsilon, WVU Chapter.
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