A day in the life of an engineering studentBy University of Western Australia Feb 01, 2013 4:15PM UTC
I wake up, one eye on the clock. Breakfast, clothes, bus: it’s a bit of a blur.
Flash-forward one hour: I am at uni gossiping before class with my mates who I’ve been friends with since fresher camps in first year. Who knows what I might learn or do today?
- The reason why, when a farmer excavated a hole on his property in Norway, that the soils slumped in a kind of backwards landslide along a four km stretch. This swallowed farms and houses and caused an inland tsunami on the adjacent lake!
- Or why we should never build the underground parking of an apartment block after construction (China)
- Or taking apart a lawn-mower engine, examining its innards and stitching it back up again, much like a steam-punk surgeon.
- Or understanding why my hair ties lose their stretchiness and eventually snap (on a surprisingly chemical and microscopic level).
Four years into my engineering degree and everything becomes more exciting the older I get. I never thought I would find testing soil samples in the lab very exciting, nor being fascinated about how buildings stay up (there is way more to keep a structure up then you would think).
I often find myself smugly eyeing concrete buildings and nodding like I have some secret understanding with it.
The point I’m attempting to make is that civil engineering (or any other engineering) is incredibly INTERESTING. And it’s a known fact that the engineering students on campus have the best social life. The stereotypical image isn’t true for everyone.
Although, yes, you have to be good at maths and science (although I find that this is something that you can develop, rather than have to be innately), to really succeed in engineering you have to have good people skills and be able to work in groups.
So if you like to be challenged and like to work with other people, go to to find out more about starting your engineering journey with UWA. Because life is too short to be doing something boring.
- Victoria Hann, 5th Year Engineering Student at the Univesrity of Western Australia