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A Message to Future CIVE Students
To the future Civil students of Oklahoma State University, Greetings!
My name is Jasmyn Lee and I had the honor of being selected as an Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2019, representing both CEAT and the Civil Department of OSU.
If I would give any advice to those coming behind me, I would simply put it in 3 L’s: Learn, Live, and Lead.
1. Learn. That’s why we’re here right? Make sure you go to classes and not just sit there, but really grasp what is being taught to you, and if you’re having trouble with that seek outside help. Go talk to your teacher, meet with the TA, and form study groups. Also, take advantage of free tutoring services here on campus such as those at CEAT Endeavor, LASSO Center, and the Mathematics Learning Success Center (MLSC). Also, if you are a kinesthetic learner, take advantage of research opportunities within the Civil department. Not only will you have the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the lab, but also at research conferences as well. So definitely, don’t forget the most important reason you’re coming here, to learn.
2. Live. You only get to experience college for a limited time in life. Take advantage of it and live. Support your fellow Cowboys by attending major sporting events such as basketball and football. Perhaps sports is not your thing, go see a play on campus, participate in the Homecoming walk around and harvest carnival, and go see the Fanfare of Lights before fall pre-finals week starts. Nonetheless, college is tough and sometimes, you deserve a short break and outlet from classes. So I encourage you, don’t forget to stop and live.
3. Lead. You are not just any engineering students, you are civil engineering students. You will either choose an academia or professional route or perhaps both. But one thing is for sure, you will be held responsible in whatever position you are in. Responsible for meeting the design criteria and standards for buildings, bridges, roads, water treatment plants, etc. or responsible for teaching students the right information they need to succeed as an engineer. So the best way to prepare yourself, in my opinion, is to become an active leader on campus. Don’t just join CEAT Student Council, Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and other campus clubs, but obtain leadership skills during your time here at OSU. It may be stressful at times, but in the long run, you won’t regret it. It will help shape you and sharpen you for your career.
Well wishes in everything you do, and as always, Go Pokes!