My name is Ryan Hudson and am going to be a sophomore at The Ohio State University. Being a civil engineering student I was unsure of where I would want to get my specialization. At Ohio State, you get so many options with what classes to take and where to specialize, whether you get a focus in water, transportation, or structural. Even on top of that you can specialize on the construction or design side. Through my first year of school I could take a few hands-on engineering classes where we were given a task and had to figure out how to solve the problem. We did a project where we were given the task to make a car run on a track and to make it completely around the track using the least amount of power, each group of engineers would come up with separate designs to solve the problem. You could look around the class and see all the different ways people tried to solve the problem and each group thought their way was correct. After this project, I knew I enjoyed having a hands-on experience in the field of engineering.
Growing up in my family gave me a unique view of how engineers work. My father is a mechanical engineer, my grandpa and uncle are both civil engineers. Whenever anyone of them had work to do around the house they would plan every detail of it before they even started. As a little kid, I would always try and help with this but they just knew so much it amazed me. My grandpa and dad used to work as project managers on different projects. My dad could gain such an understanding of everything that needed to be done in a project it blew me away. Once I got into high school and could understand what he did more he started to tell me stories of different problems he would run into on projects and how he would solve them. This amazed me because the way he would solve problems was very advanced and I would never have thought to do things the he did. When my dad would tell me about his job he would say he used to plan things 3 weeks in advance so if he ever ran into a problem he could solve it before the people building would even know there was a problem. This fit me perfectly because I always was the one to plan things, with my friends I would be the one to plan when we would hangout or what we would be doing and even when I went camping I would try and take control of what we were going to do. Hearing stories from my family members gave me a great understanding of what it takes to work on the construction side of engineering and what kind of person is needed to make sure a project gets done on time and on budget.
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