Mia Sacco asked Tiera Fletcher (Guinn), MIT/The Boeing Co

AddedSaturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM

How did you determine the type of engineering you wanted to study in college?

Hi Tiera! I am a rising senior in high school and have been juggling what kind of engineering to study in college. How did you determine the type of engineering you wanted to study in college?

Related to Aeronautical/Aerospace , Choosing a Degree, Engineering Branches, Merging Fields, Preparation for College, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
  • Danielle Schroeder , Pennoni
    Answered Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 6:17 PM
    Hi Mia! Tiera gave some great advice. 
    To figure out what type of engineering to study in college, the best advice I can give is look for opportunities beyond school about engineering. My junior year, I attended an engineering camp for girls at a local college. At the camp, we did labs in ALL different fields of engineering (robotics, mechanical, civil, aerospace, etc.) and the ones about Civil Engineering were my favorite which is why I chose to study Civil Engineer in college. This website is also a great resource and a way to connect with many different types of engineers and ask questions to find out the vast job opportunities in the field of engineering. 
    Lastly, some schools let you apply as "undecided engineering" as we had that option at Drexel University in Philadelphia. All engineers their first year at my school take the same foundational classes, so if you need more time to figure out what field of engineering is a good fit for you, some colleges will have that option. 
    Good luck on senior year! 
  • Tiera Fletcher (Guinn) , MIT/The Boeing Co
    Answered Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:41 PM
    Hi Mia!
    This is a great question. Although I decided on aerospace engineering at a young age, I wanted to make sure that it was what I wanted to do as a career. So, I took on various research opportunities, externships, seminars and internships to dig deeper into what aerospace engineering has to offer. I would also recommend talking to professionals from various engineering disciplines to gain some insight on what they're doing and if it interests you. I hope that helps! Feel free to ask me any more questions if you need any more guidance and congrats on almost completing your high school career! Best wishes as you enter into college soon.