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SWENext asks how you would convince a girl to become an engineer in 250 words.
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You have 250 words to convince a young girl to become an engineer. What do you say to her?

Ashely Hutton
Ashely Hutton

ASHLEY HUTTON

There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than the feeling of solving a problem. I have, and never will, regret my decision to become an engineer. The field is so broad that I can apply my problem solving skills to anything that I am passionate about. Engineering is one of the most creative professions because the solution to a problem depends on your imagination and thought process.

Engineering is applicable to each and every job you could ever wish to have. We focus on efficiency and problem solving. A storeowner needs these skills to have a successful business. Doctors, teachers, astronauts and artists alike can use an engineer's foundation to become ever better at what they do. I can guarantee that your dream job will benefit from the problem solving and creative techniques that you would learn while studying to be an engineer. If you are so passionate about something, you will do everything in your power to become the best at that job or skill that you can.

If you ask anyone that has studied engineering, I can promise you that none of them would say they regret their decision. I encourage you to reach your full potential in whatever you choose to do. Personally, I believe that can be achieved through gaining a strong foundation of problem solving, logical thinking, and determination (AKA engineering).

JOYANN BRICE

Joyann Brice
Joyann Brice

You have one life, one chance to have a meaningful life. Professional careers such as doctors and engineers have that impact on the everyday lives of the living and the future civilization. Engineers create all that is seen that nature has not. Engineers will find solutions for the shortage of water supplies, the pollution issues in the ocean, to providing efficient electricity generation, and so many other inventions and creative ideas that will assist in developing a better world. There is only so much one person can do in a lifetime. But, wouldn't you want to be part of the small percentage of people whose ideas will be utilized for future generations to come? There is a quote that has guided me to where I am today, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing will get better it's not" by Dr. Seuss. My whole approach to education and life has been to be the change, to care and to be an influence. I have just started my career and have already been able to defer hundreds of tons of waste from landfills, saved millions of gallons in water and educate hundreds of people on how important our environment is to the current state of the world. So are you up to the challenge to be that change?

Lucy Toman
Lucy Toman

LUCY TOMAN

Engineers create. Engineers problem solve. Engineers make change. I have been very excited to learn through my college career that engineers can have a huge impact on the world around us. I would consider engineering a very versatile career path because you can do so much with a background in engineering. You can create a medical device that cures a disease as a Biomedical Engineer. You can solve a complex Operations Research problem as an Industrial Engineer. You can change the way a multi-million-dollar company operates its software network as a Computer Engineer. The possibilities are endless, and to me, that's the most exciting part. I love engineering because I will get to use my aptitude for math and science and combine it with my desire to help others. I hope that once I graduate from the University of Florida and have a "big girl" job, that I will very rarely have a day at work that looks like the last. I hope each day will be filled with new creations and new problems and new changes. I think that as a young girl interested in science and math, I was always looking for another way to explore my curiosity in the world. I have found that exploration in engineering and couldn't imagine myself in any other career path. Hopefully, you'll join me in the STEM field and, together, we will help create and problem solve and make change in the world as women engineers.