Recent content by sweetpotato

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    Made Someone Cry

    I'm glad you were able to work it out. Learn from it, and move on, that's my advice!
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    Made Someone Cry

    I was in a similar situation at work. A colleague was consistently direspectful to me and I put up with it. Finally I couldn't take it any longer and yelled at him in front of other colleagues and made some hurtful remarks. Later I apologized to him for yelling at him in public. I did not...
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    I would like to avoid working ridiculously long hours.

    As an electrical engineer I work 40 hour weeks occasionally, 60 hour weeks most of the time, and 70-80 hour weeks occasionally. I do not see this as being especially strenuous and many of my colleagues work similar hours. I enjoy my job. I do not have kids, but many of my colleagues do, and work...
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    Should I become an engineer?

    You are in precalculus which introduces many new concepts such as functions and logarithms. The fact that you are struggling with precalculus now doesn't mean much. It may just mean that you are encountering a lot of new concepts. It is quite possible that by the time you get to calculus or...
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    Engineering Fearing possible disillusionment with Engineering jobs, question for engineers.

    To the OP: I've only worked as an engineer for a little over a year, and in many ways I am that engineer that works on a little box that is then used to make some air conditioner. To be honest, I find my job exciting. For example, there is a lot of time pressure most of the time. I thought I...
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    EE switching into Pure Math

    OP: I majored in EE and let me tell you, certain sub-fields of EE can be quite math-heavy (such as signal processing) and if one was to get their PhD in signal processing, one may even have to take graduate-level math classes (I know this from a friend who did it). So some EE's who are...
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    Are mathematicians born not made?

    If you are of at average to above average intelligence, and of above average motivation, you will most likely successfully complete a mathematics degree. No one can determine if you will contribute anything meaningful to mathematics or not until your mathematics career is over. I mean, 10...
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    How can i know if i am good enough for EE?

    You do not need to have done electronics or programming before starting to study EE. You do not need to know anything about construction before starting to study civil engineering. Many people do not even realize they are interested in engineering until they are 20, 25, 30, or older...
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    Being a happy undergrad

    One needs to weigh short term happiness with long-term happiness. Perhaps taking easier classes will decrease your stress level and leave you more time for "fun" activities, but will also put you further away from achieving your desired level of competence in a subject. I find this article...
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    Other Should I Become an Engineer?

    It's definitely possible, but how do you know you will like engineering? Not trying to discourage you, just pointing out that there are other jobs you could probably go into that you would enjoy, without having to go back to school for an engineering degree. Why are you sure engineering is the...
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    Engineering How are Engineering jobs?

    Engineering jobs can be boring sometimes, but what jobs aren't? Keep in mind that at an internship, you are there temporarily, so you may feel less invested in the workplace and may have a harder time seeing your job as "important" than if you worked there fulltime. There are less women...
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    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    I think you're missing my point. I enjoy my job and don't find these things unreasonably difficult. That's why I think I am just as able to do my job as a man. Except for the "heavy lifting", which we have discussed already.
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    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    I answered your question above. However- just because a company should disallow certain practices or conditions doesn't mean they do. Even if they are "illegal". Regulation agencies such as OSHA don't come in every day checking up on workplace conditions and practices.
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    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    The "heavy objects"- for example, we use these DC power supplies that are about 50-60 lbs. No, there's no way I can lift that over my head. The "hours of physical labor" refers to wiring and installing items such as these DC power supplies for 8+ hours a day when the workflow of the company...
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    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    I'm a female engineer in an area that often involves high voltages, hands-on dirty work and days of physical labor. Sometimes I have trouble lifting a heavy object by myself and ask a male colleague to help. Equally often, a male colleague who is old and has poor eyesight asks me to decipher a...