As the year wraps up, I can’t help but to think how far I have come since I moved to USC. This first year definitely had multiple ups and downs, but it is precisely these experiences that have made me improve as a person and have pushed me to become a knowledgeable and active member of society. Here are a few personal characteristics and qualities that I have grown on:
1. Time Management
With all the assignments that I had to get done in one week, I had to organize my time. I bought a very cute light pink planner at Target and everyday in class I would write down assignments and their due dates. I would also write down meeting times and miscellaneous tasks that I had to get done. Because I quickly became used to this scheduling of my time, I had time on the weekends to explore LA! I got time to go to Santa Monica Beach, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory, and many, many more cool places in LA!
Through my different classes I was exposed to a lot of different softwares, such as Revit, AutoCAD, Matlab, and C++, that will become an integral part of my future as a civil engineer. I soon became passionate about these new technologies that I was never exposed to before and realized that I absolutely loved designing my dream home in my CE 106 class with these softwares. I know it’s only going to get better from here. Projects will get bigger and better and I will be able to expand my skill and mastery in these technologies.
I grew into an active member of the City of Angels this year. I have done all the “tourist stuff” like hiking, museums, and beaches. LA became my home when I moved here and I wanted to make sure to become aware of my surroundings. I have visited engineering firms, so that I have an idea of where my future internships (and possibly jobs) may be. I have volunteered on campus with my residential floor.
I learned to learn. I learned from my mistakes, but most importantly, I learned how to take the right steps after a hard fall. I learned that those steps include going to tutoring, office hours, the health center, or simply, bed, going to bed, and getting some sleep so that the next day I am rejuvenated and ready to actively tackle on the issue. At the end of the day, everything turns out okay if you are willing to not give up.Meet Nayely