My name is Taylor Engstrom and I am from Hastings, Minnesota. Currently, I am a senior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I am pursuing a major in environmental science with a minor in business. I was fortunate enough to spend the summer of 2017 back home in Minnesota with an internship position at WSB & Associates. There, I was part of their environmental compliance group.
Construction has always played a large role in my life. My grandfather and dad both worked in the construction business, so I grew up pushing dirt and riding in equipment. I have always found it fascinating the way so many different people can come together to reach one common goal that will ultimately benefit the community around them. Not only did the community aspect intrigue me, but also the progression and process of how things can be built. Although I had been around construction my whole life, I got the chance to be immerged in it during the summer of 2016. Last summer, I had the opportunity to be a laborer in the field. I have never learned or been challenged so much at one time. I was able to have a firsthand experience of how the construction process works from the field aspect. Just a few things that I learned were how to use the GPS to stake grades, the process of sub-cutting and layering afterwards, how to install drain tiling, and of course shoveling to find utilities and getting class 5 off of the curb.
That experience made me wonder if I could find a place to work in the construction field. Through a foreman on that job, I made a connection with WSB and received an interview with the manager of the environmental compliance group. Being an environmental science major, I never thought that it could lead to a job in construction. I chose to do this internship because of the positive reputation that I had heard about WSB, the lifetime of interest I have had in construction, and the unique experience I knew I would get to have there. I had no idea what to expect from this internship because it was something completely new to me. However, I have learned that any experience is a good one because it will always teach you something for next time. This internship turned out to be one of the best experiences I could have had. I was able to learn so much about this career and industry and I know it will have a positive impact on my future.
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