One of my biggest regrets of my time at USC is that I was not more involved in Engineers Without Borders (EWB) my freshman year. Freshman year was so awesome, overwhelming (in a good way), and exciting that I still don’t know how it’s already over (and I’m a sophomore!). This past year, though, I made sure to not make the same mistake, getting involved with EWB right away and attending every event. There’s not one thing that I can say defines my love for this organization. The people I work with are fantastic and the work we do is both interesting and rewarding.
Our trip in December was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent the semester preparing for the trip, attending meetings and doing different tasks such as stress analyses and researching different components of our project. I was so excited for the trip because I had never been out of the country before, and I was excited to see all of our preparation put to use. During the day, we worked alongside the incredible Hondurans, doing various tasks such as mixing concrete, cutting pipes, and making gutter brackets. At night, we enjoyed local cuisine and hung out together. The week flew by, and I can’t wait for my next trip.
Next year I’ll be co-project manager for the Corral de Piedras, and I can’t wait! With our rainwater catchment system finished it’s an exciting time for Corral de Piedras because I’ll be helping to design and implement a brand new project. Hopefully, my Spanish will also have improved significantly by next trip too!
To summarize, EWB = The Coolest. In fact, Abraham Lincoln once said, “EWB is the greatest student organization to ever exist.”