My name is Syprian Nyaberi, and I am currently a Civil Engineering student at Rutgers University. Even without knowing it early on, I have always had a sense for construction, whether it be witnessing my family rebuild our home in Kenya, where I was born, or being involved in logging, woodworking, carpentry, erection of the timber framing, and painting for our church not too far from that home, or even helping my friend’s father with electrical wiring, fireproofing, and sheetrock installation one summer in high school. However, my passion for construction and civil engineering as a whole did not fully manifest until the very first time I visited The Big Apple, and as I witnessed the facades of the holy grail of modern architecture and engineering, something clicked. From that moment, I developed an interest in the magnificent infrastructure that is the pillar of modern civilization with an imprint on almost every facet of our daily lives, and the more I learned, the more I became intrigued. Before my first semester at Rutgers, I was already set on pursuing civil engineering as my career path, but after becoming acquainted the program at the university, I realized that there are many potential paths to choose from and I was unsure of which one best suited me. I had prior research experience on the applications of reinforced concrete and structural steel, but I needed some practical experience and real exposure to the industry. It was in fact during my Construction Management course when the Construction Industry Advancement Program (CIAP) representatives came recruiting at Rutgers, and after learning more about the program and its vested interest in connecting young aspiring engineering professionals like myself with great organizations full of professionals within the construction industry, such as the group I was fortunate to work with at Anselmi and DeCicco, Inc (A&D)., I knew I had to pursue the opportunity. After being fortunate enough to be selected for the CIAP program and for the internship at A&D, I chose to pursue the position in construction because I wanted the opportunity to learn the ropes of succeeding within the industry, and through the journey, I have learned more about myself and about the trail that I want to blaze post graduation. The more projects and tasks I have been exposed to, the more I have learned about the industry and come to admire it. The aspect that I have come to admire most about construction is how the success of each project is determined by the collective efforts of many individuals with different backgrounds, skill sets, and responsibilities, and the chain communication and collaboration that is necessary, from the owners and project managers down to the laborers, for the success of each and every project. I took this opportunity in search of the career path that challenges and motivates me to grow, and one that yields positive change and fulfilment. Within construction, I believe that I found exactly what I’ve been searching for.
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