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Greg M. Jung
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Greg M. Jung   8/26/2014 12:01:41 PM
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I really appreciate the first tip about asking questions and making the effort to come up with some type of solution beforehand (even if it is not correct).  Developing problem solving skills is a key cornerstone in the Engineering discipline.

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ttemple   8/26/2014 1:51:14 PM
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Great advice Dave.  When I was in college, I really didn't have much guidance.  These points would have all been helpful.  Hope your daughter reads this and appreciates the wisdom in the points.

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Dave Palmer   8/26/2014 2:06:43 PM
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@ttemple: Thanks! Most of this advice isn't really directed at my daughter; I think she already knows all this stuff.  The one I really hope she takes to heart is Congressman Schneider's one about calling home every week!

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ttemple   8/26/2014 2:14:53 PM
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good luck with that one, although I think girls are more likely to call than boys.  At least in my case it was that way.

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Greg M. Jung   8/26/2014 2:53:56 PM
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I like the tip about getting involved in the different areas of the profession.  Also, as a student, try to take a variety of electives in diverse areas.  It may be that one of these electives will ignite a new passion and take you in a new direction in your engineering career.

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Cabe Atwell   8/26/2014 4:54:43 PM
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Read trade-magazines... if you can find them. Signing up for email blasts can become overwhelming.

 

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Daniyal_Ali   8/27/2014 10:30:06 AM
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Though i feel like i would have done much better if i read these points during my engineering, but still i would say i somehow managed to fulfill at least three or four advices if not all.
I would definitely share this with the "To-be-Engineers" i know, so that they can get the benefit.
Impressively written.

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Charles Murray   8/27/2014 5:04:32 PM
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I, too, wish I had seen this list before I entered engineering school. The one that jumps out at me is "study together." I didn't start doing that until half way through my third year (I attended a commuter school, which made discovery of study groups more difficult), and my grades received a big boost once I did it. This is a great list, and I hope your daughter takes these recommendations to heart, Dave.

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NadineJ   8/27/2014 10:21:41 PM
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I grew up knowing that working together was almost always more effective than solo but the competitiveness in school seemed to trump common sense.  Getting students to work in teams was difficult.  Once we were in place, things went well...sort of.

There were no limits.  We were encouraged to push and push more.

This is a great, albeit modern, list for students in all disciplines.

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Dave Palmer   8/28/2014 4:38:37 PM
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@NadineJ: To quote the title of a Jack London story, working together is "the strength of the strong."

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