My Major Journey

I’ve always been more of a fan of numbers than letters. I would rather do 100 calculus problems than an essay or research paper and that held true throughout middle school, high school, and even now in college.

In high school, as I was choosing a major, I contemplated how I could use my math skills to work, and the concept of becoming an “engineer” seemed perfect at the time - to apply my technical and math skills in real life applications seemed ideal as a career.

However, I never realized how broad the word “engineer” was. I didn’t even know at the time that there were multiple disciplines of engineering. I did some more research on what being an engineer entailed and everything about it fascinated me - from the versatility and the applicability, to the teamwork-focused environment, and problem solving approach.

I ecstatically told my parents after my newfound discoveries that I wanted to become an engineer one day, and they didn’t look too happy. They said “I thought you wanted to be a doctor! It’s a lot better than an engineer.”

But really, I never wanted to be a doctor and it was what my parents wanted me to do. After thinking about it for a while, to satisfy my parents’ wishes to become a doctor, I decided to maybe merge a career in engineering and the healthcare industry and decided to come to Rutgers as a biomedical engineer.  

My first year at Rutgers was good - I met a lot of new people,I liked my classes, and joined cool clubs! But I realized that biomedical engineering was very, very science oriented. And that meant a lot of memorization, essays, etc. - all things I wasn’t fond of. 

Going into my sophomore year - the year we started to take major classes - I had a major crisis. I didn’t know if I truly liked biomedical engineering, or if I was doing it for my parents’ sake. After some hard contemplation, I decided to switch to mechanical engineering - even after all my biomedical engineering experience. 

Mechanical engineering was EXTREMELY math oriented, and I liked it - at first. The classes that I took did have math, but it was very “building” oriented and not really ‘design” oriented. It was a lot of “if” situations and not really very hands-on. Even as I type, the classes I take just get harder and harder in terms of computation. 

Last semester once again, I had a major crisis. I really liked the design aspect of engineering, but the classes I took emphasized on structure and building design, which were not my niche. 

I decided to switch once again to electrical engineering. After I finish this semester’s mechanical engineering classes, I will be an electrical engineering student.

I think so far I’ve made the right choice, and it definitely was worthwhile figuring out the ins and outs of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering. Electrical engineering encompasses the electrical circuit and design aspect I’ve longed for and I will really be able to get that hands-on experience I’ve wanted. Although it’s been a rocky road, the end goal of becoming a full-fledged engineer is steadfast. 

-Memphis, ME '22