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AddedFriday, January 6, 2017 at 10:59 PM

I live in a developing country where many people -but not all- are still not environmentally conscious

Hi. I am a girl in my last year of high school. I am not a math genius, but I am good enough. Originally, I wanted to take environmental eng major in college, but my father opposed me. I live in a developing country where many people -but not all- are still not environmentally conscious, my father said that this major and job field is rather under appreciated in my country. I did some browsing and found out that other ways to become an environmental eng is to have a degree in civil eng or chemistry eng. If I take civil eng, my next goal will be continuing my education for a master degree in water & wastewater treatment or something similar. I want to be a specialist in clean water & wastewater treatment. (Or something like that) Considering that human population is growing day by day, clean water will be harder to obtain in the future. This may sound really cheesy but I want to help preserve a better earth. That's why I want to become an environmental engineer. The thing is, I heard that civil eng is hard and it has lots of things to do with math. Many people say that I am rather diligent. But I am still afraid I won't be good enough. For all of you with experience in civil eng and environmental eng, I really really appreciate it if you lend me some advice and opinion. Thank you very much.
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  • Danielle Forget Shield , SCC Americas
    Answered Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM
    Most things in life worth achieving take extreme effort. If you are willing to make the effort, a Civil Engineering degree is very achievable. The key is to find something you are interested in learning about and then diving in with both feet. It sounds like you have already found that passion, so channel that passion into diligence. Frustration is inevitable. When you start to feel defeated, remind yourself of the larger goal and put one foot in front of the other to move toward that goal. And never tell yourself that you are not good enough or smart enough. You must believe it for others to see it too. Have confidence in your abilities and you will succeed. Danielle