GCSP Portfolio: Engineering for Others
During the summer leading up to my first year at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Alison Black, the Assistant Dean of Student Life, contacted all the incoming first-year students and requested that we each write a Statement of Interest that outlined what we wanted to accomplish when we got to Olin. My Statement of Interest outlined one dozen goals, eight of which are listed below: 1. Get Involved with leadership activities or student government 2. Help plan and organize school events 3. Volunteer with individuals with developmental disabilities 4. Work or volunteer with children 5. Take classes in business or management 6. Work on assistive technology 7. Have an internship ever summer (not always with the same company) 8. Get accepted into graduate school As I sat down to reflect on my Olin experience, I realized that much of it was summarized in the list above. I can honestly say that, with a few caveats, I reached and often exceeded all of the goals I outlined before I set foot on Olin’s Campus. In addition to reaching all of these goals, they all focused on a central theme: Engineering for Others. Below I break down the eight goals listed above and reflect on my experiences and how they all contributed to this central theme.