Iowa State University College of Engineering (2019)

Iowa State University College of Engineering (2019)

September 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Engineering is a way of finding a problem
and finding a fix for it. Engineering has always been, to me, just kind
of being the inventors of the world. You are deciding what the future is going
to be. There’s so many ways that you can work to
improve peoples’ lives, and engineering will give you the skills, the toolkit to be able
to do that. If you’re gonna go somewhere in Iowa you go
to Iowa State for engineering. I got to be the person I wanted to be, as
opposed to the person I was told to be. I don’t know, when I emailed the professors
here they were just so much more responsive than at other places. I went to other schools around the midwest
and just didn’t really feel like I was at home, I didn’t feel like people there really
cared about me as much as they do here. Iowa State really just blew me away. I’ve always been a Cyclone fan, and I knew
they had a great engineering program, so whenever it came time to choose a college it really
was a good fit. I was a bit nervous, to say the least, to
come to a college town, because I knew it would be smaller than home. Iowa State has the best ABE program in the
nation. Iowa State has a big presence in the midwest. I always knew that they were a cool school
to be at. I like the campanile, and I like Parks Library,
I hang out there all the time. You know, you get the campus map and it unfolds
a bunch of times, and you’re trying to figure out where your classes are, but eventually
it gets small really fast. One of the things that sets Iowa State apart
is that sense of community that you have. People come on the campus and feel like they’ve
been here forever. You know, you got that midwestern attitude
around here, and everyone is really nice to you, and it just, I don’t feel displaced. Campus just feels like home. There’s a lot of different skills that an
engineer has beyond just science and math. Leadership is a really important skill we
focus on in all my classes. Work ethic. It’s not always incredibly like, mind-numbingly
busy, but you have to really manage your time well. I could be the smartest scientist in the world,
and I could solve all the problems, but if I can’t tell other people about it and explain
it to them accurately, then it won’t do any good. If you have a problem, and if you’re able
to break it down to a five-year-old, you really understood your problem. Communication, teamwork, and leadership, which
all are completely intertwined within them. Everyone brings a different skill to the table. You know, you always hear, you know, the college
saying “you should totally go join clubs”, and it sounds kinda lame when you first come
in, but it actually does help. I was a College of Engineering Senator, so
that means representing the students in the College of Engineering on Student Government. I’m a member of Material Advantage, and I’m
also a member of PrISUm, which is the solar car team. What we do is build a solar-powered vehicle
from scratch. For me, marching band was a ton of fun. I’m the student advisor of the Society of
International Engineers. I’m a part of the Greek Life program. Super-Mileage Team. Doing an extra-curricular like this kinda
makes it full-loop, so you learn about it in the classroom, you apply it in real-life,
and then you just kinda learn the information a little bit better, I think, so hands-on
learning. University provides us a lot of resources. I was on an Honors dorm on campus, and that
was a lot of fun, ’cause I was kinda mushed together with a bunch of like-minded people
so we could all nerd out about the same things. Coming into college, especially if you did
well in high school, is really hard to say “yeah, I would like a tutor.” Maybe you’re a B student that’s trying to
get an A, or maybe you are struggling in a class and you’re just trying to pass, tutoring
is for everyone and it caters to all levels. Really what it is is just a community of students
helping other students. I was involved in supplemental instruction
as a freshman, that was really helpful. Iowa State also has a whole bunch of just
kind of random things you can use, like there’s 3-D printers all across campus. Last summer I had the opportunity to study
abroad in Oviedo, Spain. I studied abroad in Torino, Italy. I studied in Grenoble, France. I studied abroad in Singapore. Study abroad is great, just ’cause it really
kicks you out of your comfort zone. Whether you work at one of the smaller companies
or you work at a big company like Boeing, you’re working with engineers from around
the country, around the world. My dream job would be to create a process,
a company, or some solution to the current energy crisis. Application of solar panels, and then wind
turbines, and all of that. I’d like to make sure that there’s both room
for agriculture and the environment. Helping build quantum computers. Being able to mix what I know with science
with my passion for art would be very cool. I want to contribute to the journey to Mars. I think that’s a big thing. I don’t want to just work in a place that
has a cookie-cutter formula for how to do things. I want to be creative. Talk to people who are doing stuff that’s
different from what you’re doing. Go to your professor, talk to them, don’t
be afraid because they are here to help you. Try to know the people in your department. Once you do that you kinda feel like you’re
home. Study more. So, really prepare for everything. Take advantage of all the opportunities that
the college of engineering offers, you know, study abroad, get an internship. I was that person in high school who just
did the things I was supposed to do, and it didn’t really leave me feeling satisfied. Get involved. That’s the only way you meet people who like
the things that you like. Having that conversation with yourself and
saying “what am I truly passionate about?” That’s what’s gonna get you excited, and that’s
what’s gonna keep you up until 3 o’clock in the morning studying for that test the next
day. Don’t spaz out about it. It’s not that bad. Help each other, because that’s what you’re
gonna do out in the real world, that’s what you’re doing in industry, is you’re gonna
need your team with you. Keep dreaming, you know, like keep dreaming,
have plans, like have vision, going to college and doing amazing things. Seize every opportunity.