Earlier in the term, Praxis I students were assigned a Self-Introduction to outline and explain their values and attitudes towards engineering and why they chose Engineering Science. My Self-Introduction gives an overview of my initial values and attitudes going into engineering school:
I wanted to pursue to a career in physics for as long as I can remember, and I still am deeply interested in the field. Despite being really interested in the things I read from books and learned in class, I felt there wasn’t much I could do with it. My hobbies were much more hands-on, and I’d often tinker away in the garage on my free time.
I especially liked making electronic circuits, having been introduced to them in middle school. It wasn’t long until I found the connection between the stuff I’ve made and the theoretical field I was interested in, and it was also the first time I found that the science I read in books can be applied to the real world. With that in mind, I’ve made many designs for various electronics projects; not all of them work, but I still had a great time making stuff. I haven’t given much thought back then about what applied science meant (and arguably not enough even now), but it sounded like fun. When I applied to university, Engineering Science seemed to me like a program which provides a solid scientific foundation while providing the opportunities to make things on their own, and I thought it could allow me to further explore the more abstract parts of science without giving up the chance to get my hands dirty and create.
In addition to the Self-Introduction, Praxis I students were subject to a series of psychometric tests in order to further explore their values, strengths, and weaknesses. The following are my results from the tests:
Bolton & Bolton Descriptor : Expressive
H-PILS Dominant Style: Converger
LASSI scores (percentile):
Attitude & Interest: 95
Information Processing: 70
Selecting Main Ideas: 95
Study Aids: 45
Test Strategies: 75
With the self-introduction and psychometrics in mind (and if you have a copy of my resume, take that into consideration too), I invite you to browse the opportunities in which I have practiced my design skills over the semester: