Who Do I What to BecomeWhen I was a kid, I always wantedto become someone successful in life. Since I can remember I used to wonder howthings were built and how they worked. I remember that I was amazed of tall andstrong buildings and how they were able to support a lot of weight and how theycould be able to stand for years. As I grow older I started to realize that Ineeded to go to school in order to become that someone that could build thosestructures. I started my long career in Mexico and when I turned 15, I startedto attend to Civil Engineering courses in order to gain some experience and getan idea of what that career would bring for my further development. Now, I am25 years old and I’m starting to realize that Civil Engineering is not just acareer but is a commitment to build safer roads, safer buildings, and safer bridgesamong other structures.
Like any other scientific or mathematical career thatexist in the world; Civil Engineering takes a lot of effort, dedication, andknowledge about how the planet works. I am four semesters away to become aCivil Engineer & I understand that in order to pursuit my goal I will needto spend more time working with Civil Engineers that have experience and havebeen in the field for years. I will also need to start attending to internshipsand prove myself that I’m suitable for this career that I am pursuing. Accordingto the University of Central Florida; it takes 4 years (8 semesters includingsummer) as a full time student, 128 course credit hours, and achieve a minimum of2.25 GPA to graduate as a Civil Engineer (n. p.
). The required subjects I willneed for graduation are as follow: Composition I, Calculus with AnalyticGeometry I, General Physics Using Calculus I, Introduction to the EngineeringProfession, Principles of Chemistry or General Chemistry, Composition II, Calculuswith Analytic Geometry II, Engineering Concepts and Methods, EngineeringEconomic Analysis, Calculus with Analytic Geometry III, EngineeringAnalysis-Statics, Probability and Statistics for Engineers, OrdinaryDifferential Equations I, General Physics Using Calculus II, Mechanics ofMaterials, Applied Numerical Methods for Civil Engineering, EngineeringAnalysis-Dynamics, Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Structural Analysis I and Lab,Civil Engineering Measurements, Geotechnical Engineering I, Highway Engineering,Hydraulics, Introduction to the construction Industry, Civil EngineeringMaterials, Depth Area, Course 1, Depth Area 2, Course 1, Approved ProjectDesign Course, Depth Area 1, Course 2, Depth Area 2, Course 2, Depth Elective 1,Elective Course 1, Elective Course 2, CECE Capstone Design, Depth Elective 2,& a Technical Elective. Thecost for attending to UCF in state total cost is $17,284 and out of state totalcost is $32,616 dollars per year (CEG, n. p.). These costs do not include all the implicit costs because as a studentit will vary depending in the time, effort, & personal expenses.
The costwill also vary depending on the location and the state an individual wants toattend to and how far he/she is willing to go in his/her professional career. Inaverage, the total cost out of state for a bachelor program in CivilEngineering is $164,992.00 and for in state is $148,064.00 dollars (CEG, n.
p.). After I graduate, I want to look for a steadyjob in order to increase my knowledge. I know that looking for the rightemployer will be difficult but with patience and dedication to my career I willbecome a great Civil Engineer that will build and create different structures. TheBureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of Civil Engineers “isprojected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for alloccupations. As infrastructure continues to age, Civil Engineers will be neededto manage projects to rebuild, repair, and upgrade dams, bridges, buildings,roads, levees, and structures of all types (n. p.
).” This will be a greatopportunity to fulfill my academic and personal endeavors because I will beable to teach others that Civil Engineering is more than a job, but is a careerto be proud of. Civil Engineering offersa competitive pay across the country which ranges at $83,540 per year or $40.16per hour. This competitive pay has also increase the interest of students overthe years because it offers a really good pay but also an everyday learningexperience. Economicswill help me increase my knowledge that could be useful in the future.
It willprovide me with good analytic techniques because it will not just help me as anengineer but as a person. This class will provide me with new perspectives atlooking at things such as cost, marginal profit, utility, decision of the firmand other variables. For example, an engineer does not only create things thatstand in position but they make things that stand just enough. Not too much nornot too little, picking from different available resources and choosing theright materials. In conclusion, this assignmenthas provided me with more than just information, it has reinforced my decisionto pursue my dream and follow my career. I have learned the amount of money Iwill need to spend in order to graduate and how much effort I have to put inorder to fulfil it. I also have learned my explicit and implicit costs throughoutmy college career which I have had forgotten and never came to think about.Like every successful person says “Education is the key of success.
” I want tothank you Professor Dr. Modupe Soremi for having a really enjoyable assignmentto write about because it really does help doing some research about who I dowant to become. Works CitedAbdel-Aty,Dr. Mohamed . “Civil Engineering Degree – University of Central Florida -Orlando, FL.
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