Monthly Archives: February 2013

Summer Goals

Over the summer, some of my biggest plans include, going on a SCUBA diving trip with my dad, take summer courses at a nearby college, and last but not least, find either an internship or get a part time job near home.  I have planned to contact Buckner Companies about an internship in Graham, NC, about 45 minutes from where I live, because I am not sure that I want to be in the construction business.  I think that being around the industry in an internship for a company that erects steel and precast is a good place to find out.  From now until the beginning of summer I will sign up for summer classes, continue to talk to my dad about our summer vacation, and contact Buckner Companies about an internship.

Samuel Florman, much like myself, also had to figure out his own passion as a youngster, as described in Chapter 2 of his book, “Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings”.  When he first went to college, he was not sure what exactly engineering entailed as he entered Dartmouth other than; “science and math with a paycheck”.  Likewise, I would like to figure what exactly the Construction Industry is all about other than, hard hats, lifting up large heavy materials and putting them somewhere.

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Passion for Travel

I have always had a passion for traveling.  I’m not sure if it is the excitement of arriving to a destination or the thrill of knowing you are travelling 500 mph 30,000 feet in the air getting a glimpse of life in other parts of the world.  I love flying and the same goes for sailing and riding in a car.  The first memory I have of seeing the massive buildings in New York City was in a cab looking through a sunroof.  With that being said, traveling can be a hassle if it doesn’t run smoothly.  This is why the Civil industry is important.  The Civil industry builds new roads, metros, railways, tunnels, and repairs the old.  In Florman’s book, he tells about a project in which he had to bid for the repairing of wooden fenders on the Cross Bay Parkway Viaduct in Queens.  To me this is one of the  more challenging projects that he had to face in his story.