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Why do I want to become an engineer? Is a question I often ask myself and often have difficulty answering. When other people are asked with this question, they would have instant answers such as: It’s been my dream since I was little, I like machines, It’s because of LEGO., My father is an engineer., and etcetera. I wish I could have the same answer as them. I wish I could tell a story where when I was young, I would take my toys apart and try to figure out how it’s made and how it works and that is how I was inspired to be an engineer , but sadly my story is not like that.
As a child I would often play a game of pretend (I would pretend to be something I wanted to be). I would pretend to be a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, a pilot, a scientist, a veterinarian, an astronaut, and the list goes on, there was even a point of my childhood where I wanted to be a pirate.
An engineer was never a part of the list of what I wanted to be. I don’t know why it was not included, it just never was. You might wonder if I never did want to become an engineer as a child, then why am I studying engineering now.
Answer is: A twist of fate. Engineering was not really part of my plan. I wanted to pursue medicine. I fill-out my college (UPCAT) application form with first choice in campus (Manila) with the degree program of Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy since a second choice in campus was needed I opted for UPLB wherein I wrote Engineering(Industrial and Agricultural) in the degree program.
Writing Engineering in that application form was one of the riskiest things I have ever done, it was a spur of the moment. I just told myself that whatever happens happens. Imagine my surprise when I passed and got into the degree program of Industrial Engineering. This is the story on how I got into engineering.
Time has flown. Things have changed. If you ask me before if I want to be an engineer, my instant answer would be a no. Now, I cannot imagine myself studying something else. Engineering has open up my world. It has made me realize that all the things around us are possible because of marvelous science and engineering. From transportation systems; building designs; electric, water and gas delivery technology; machines which produces our food and medicine and many more; our lives are made easier by engineers. Our modern world is composed of engineer’s pursuit to help mankind to live better. Someday I hope that I would be the one contributing ideas on how to improve our world. Why do I want to be an engineer? It is simply because I want to be one of the world’s creators.
Sometimes I ask myself if I was who I wanted to be, or will I be who I want to be but I believe that I can be whoever I’d like to be. My road to become an engineer may seem bumpy and my journey may be slow but I do have faith that I would reach my destination in that given time.
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