5 Things Engineering Students Should Know

Welcome to engineering! Over the next few years, you will tackle mountains of assignments, confront difficult exams, and compete for coveted internship positions to earn your iron ring. This long and somewhat arduous journey can be made somewhat easier by keeping the below suggestions in mind.

  1. In most universities, the first year is common for all engineering students. Second year is when students enter their desired disciplines. So from day one, you should start thinking of what engineering discipline you want to go into. Some of things that can help you in making your decision is by visiting engineering info sessions and asking representatives questions about their work and their lifestyle. Once you know what discipline you want to go into, find out what the GPA requirement for entry is. Aim to achieve a GPA higher than that, to get into your preferred discipline.
  1. If your school offers a cooperative program, I would highly recommend going for it, since your chances of finding summer and full time employment will increase significantly. Since cooperative programs are competitive to get into, you will need to work hard to achieve the required grades for program acceptance.
  1. When it comes to buying textbooks in first year, you don’t have to go for the latest editions. You will save a lot of money by purchasing previous editions, since the material covered is the same.
  1. Make friends in every class, because you will need each other’s help for doing homework assignments. Group work is permitted and encouraged by the professors for most classes.
  1. Try maintaining a good balance between your academic and social life. Some students get overwhelmed with the workload and start to cut on the social aspect of life, which is unhealthy. Over time, this can contribute to a downward spiral. Block off certain times for studying and socializing, to ensure that you keep a work-play balance.

Although difficult, attaining your engineering degree will be fun and extremely rewarding. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a chat with me. I’d be happy to answer your questions. Good luck!

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