Getting help with the final years of an engineering degree.

Hi I am currently finishing up my associates degree in engineering science. This degree has taken me 4 years to do because of having to start from high-school level math, chemistry, and physics. I currently have a 3.33 overall gpa. I have done good in physics, and math is a strong point of mine. I am currently taking dynamics, strength of materials, electrical circuits, and differential equations. I am struggling so much in dynamics, and strength of materials is killing me as well. I’m looking at getting C's in both of them. I was wondering in your opinion should this be a sign for me to not continue mechanical engineering?? how are the courses like for junior and senior year ?? I am also really nervous because I am transferring, and from what I hear getting help these next 2 years as for tutors is not really possible. That is how I have been doing good is by having tutoring available. How were you able to get enough help your junior and senior year to make it through?
posted by Mike, Mech E Student on April 24, 2013

Answer by Kara Cox

Hi Mike! Thanks for asking the question - no it is not a sign!!!! I struggled with a few courses too but I'm really glad I stuck with it. I finished Rice with a 3.2 overall and there were definitely a few Cs in there. I found that the As become a lot more meaningful when they aren't easy to come by. The most important thing you are learning right now is the mechanics of problem solving. That analytical thinking is what future employers will look for. It isn't so important that you know the exact material properties of a structure, just that you know how to logically approach an issue and are be able to outline an approach that will get you the answers. You are clearly already doing that by asking questions like, "if I get a C does that mean I sholdn't study mechanically engineering." You are looking at the problem (a C), trying to identify the cause and understand eventual effect that might have. Hang in there!