Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Students to the Jacobs School: WELCOME!...Work Hard / Get Involved / Have Fun

NanoEngineering professor Darren Lipomi speaking at the Jacobs School community welcome.
Welcome incoming students to the Jacobs School of Engineering. Everyone here at the Jacobs School is thrilled that you are here. CONGRATULATIONS on making it this far! 

This "photo of the week" (which includes NanoEngineering professor Darren Lipomi) and the other photos in this post are from a casual community welcome at the Jacobs School hosted by the UC San Diego chapters of the National Society of Black Engineering (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the IDEA Student Center

Now…get ready to work hard! Earning an engineering degree is a lot of work. But it can also be a lot of fun. One of your challenges is to seek out the fun and joy in the work. Get to know other engineering students. Make friends with people in your classes. (Everything is a little bit easier when you’re part of a community of students who are facing similar challenges.)

Thanks to electrical engineering professor Tara Javidi for welcoming students and providing insights.

Take advantage of the many resources available to you. The IDEA Student Center is a great resource, and also a great clearinghouse for finding other resources. USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. But also, don’t get discouraged. Engineering is supposed to be hard. The curriculum is supposed to challenge you. What’s important is that you are learning the material, mastering it so that you can apply it in future classes. 

Get involved in the Jacobs School community. Thereis a lot to do outside the classroom that will help you succeed in the classroom and later on, in your first job and subsequent jobs. Get yourself into a lab and do research with a professor. Get involved in engineering student organizations, engineering team projects, and engineering outreach programs. Do summer internships. Do the Team Internship Program and Global TIES. Get involved with the Triton EngineeringStudent Council (TESC). (Have other links we should add here? Let me know: dbkane AT ucsd DOT edu )

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