We have had a blast following Mikayla on her journey to becoming a Mechanical Engineer, and can’t wait to see where her program and degree takes her. So, for her final post, we asked her to leave us with some parting words:
In my experience at college, I was the only female in my engineering-based classes. However, when I entered my mechanical engineering internship, I saw a ton of women in management positions and as design engineers. It makes me happy to see women thriving in a field dominated by men, and it gives me hope that in the future more girls can be encouraged to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
In my classes, there were not a lot of students in general because I went to a community college first. For example, in my engineering design class, there was a total of 6 students. As I transitioned out of my general education classes (chemistry, calculus physics English, etc.) I noticed the declining number of students in science and technology classes. In my engineering classes, I could see the number of students in each class decline as people dropped out due to the amount of pressure and workload engineering requires. Someone told me that engineering is a competitive industry, but that is simply not true.
There are always technology companies looking for young engineers to bring aboard. As far as parting words go, I can say that I have no regrets when it comes to the paths I took to get where I am today. Community college allowed me to mature and gain experience in the engineering field, and now I feel like I am ready for the next biggest challenge.