Hello, my name is Yuliana Carrillo. I am a current Civil Engineering student at California State University, Fullerton. Originally from the Central Coast of California; I grew up in a hardworking, humble, and loving Hispanic family. Education and hard work were inculcated from a very young age. My childhood was incredible, my parents have dedicated their lives to the cultivation of Avocados meaning my brother and I were surrounded not only by this amazing fruit, but also in big avocado farms. Playing outside and helping our parents was almost a given task, as well as learning to drive tractors and trucks. Although the youngest of two and a lady, my dad never showed favoritism or sexism on the farm. Some of my earliest memories included my brother and I building collapsible milk crate structures, also known as “Homes”. Perhaps that was the first spark in both of us to become Engineers. The idea of building something and acknowledging our hard work absolutely fascinated both. During my first year of college I quickly realized, Design was not for me. Although I like designing I could never see myself inside a cubical all day. I saw myself out in the field, seeing structures rising from the ground up. Four of my friends and I decided to establish an “Associated General Contractors Student Chapter”. Our goal was to spread the word about construction and get students internships along the way. During our first Associated General Contractors conference I met this amazing company by the name of Myers and Sons Construction. Everyone at that booth was welcoming and really wanted to know about our background, motivations and future plans. I was very lucky to receive a phone call from the Vice President after conference. I had a phone interview and was assigned to our Terminal Island Wastewater Treatment Facility Blower Replacement Project. This project was to replace the existing air blowers and provide for modifications to the aeration air distribution system. During my internship we replaced air headers with single designated aeration headers to aeration basins and channels. With the final goal of replacing a very old system while keeping the wastewater facility running. Through this internship I realized the passion and love I have for construction, being surrounded by some of the hardest working ladies and gentleman, motivates me to finish school and pursue this amazing industry.
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