College of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science
DESIGNS FOR LIVING
When my family moved here in 2005, I started at a local community college and then found that it was easy to transfer my credits to the University of Colorado Denver. UCD has an excellent engineering program, which interested me because I’d previously taken business and technology classes with an emphasis in technical drawing. An engineering degree is complementary and opens doors to areas such as designing products for manufacturing.
There’s a positive interrelationship between students on the UCD campus—a good mix of people with different ethnicities and from different backgrounds—and between the professors and students. The faculty and some of the more experienced students have provided me with useful advice. When I first transferred here, I studied on my own, using teachers’ guides as needed. I’ve since developed even better study habits: meeting professors right after class to ask question, studying right after class instead of waiting and using the library, which stays open until 10 p.m.
Plenty of cultural and entertainment venues are available for students to enjoy. I’ve gone to several plays at the King Center, saw the musical “Rent," and attended African and Asian festivals and events that have songs and dance. The food courts area of the Tivoli adjoins the student union; it’s convenient for meeting other students for lunch.
I’ve attended job fairs hosted on campus and met representatives from engineering companies. Mechanical engineering offers a variety of job possibilities, such as designing oil and gas pipelines and derricks, furnaces and heating systems, more efficient gas engines for automobiles. I’m learning about advanced 3-D software for design/build projects and excited to develop new ways to improve people’s standard of living.
To other students, I would say, "never give up." School may be a challenge at times, but keep moving. There are people to help you—friends, classmates, professors. Don’t be too shy to seek help. And build good study habits.
Next steps are for me to continue with a master’s and PhD degrees. I'd like to stay in Denver, get more job experience and see where that takes me. It should be interesting!