Becoming a civil engineer was my goal since I was a little kid. To be honest, at the time I did not even know what it meant to be a civil engineer but it sounded cool. When I graduated high school I decided to attend The University of Texas at Arlington. I left my family and friends behind to pursue my dream. My first semesters were very tough, I had no friends, no family, simply no one to talk to. The days went by slow and I began questioning if this is what I really wanted. I didn’t want to pay for “friends” at a fraternity so just hung in there.
On my second year when I started my degree courses I met my two best friends Luis and Luis. We were all in Civil Engineering and had similar schedules. Soon I had many other friends and everything changed for the better. On my third year I got my first internship at a geotechnical company. My daily routine quickly changed from too much free time to no free time. Trying to manage my time became the biggest problem to solve, even harder than any of my design courses I have been taking. Working, studying, going to the gym, maintaining my apartment, and just so many other things to do was just overwhelming. Today I am a couple of weeks away from accomplishing that dream that began when I was just a little boy. The road was full of sleepless nights (not all of them from studying), stressful moments, and I guess happy moments as well. I cannot wait to walk the stage and receive that diploma. I could have not made it this far with the support of my parents and friends that were there when I most needed them.