Monthly Archives: April 2013

Freshman Growth

As I recount many of my previous blogs, I realized that I used to think I knew everything I freshman-year-logoneeded to know.  Looking back I now realize that I probably knew closer to knowing nothing than I did to knowing everything.  For example I used to think that habits were something that I could easily switch on and off.  This may be true to something like eating habits when I ran out of Ramen Noodles and then I had to start eating the disgusting oatmeal my mom sent for snacks, which turned out to be pretty good so I kept eating them.  Being forced to do something is one way to start developing good habits, but its not the best way.  Habits are made from making myself do things over and over again until they don’t suck too much and I can do it without thinking too hard.  Take studying for example.  I used to try to study the material for a test the night before and do just fine.  When I tried to do the same thing here in college, it didn’t work out from all of the other things getting thrown at me at once.  Now, once I know I’m going to be tested soon, I try to learn the material as I go along instead of waiting until the exam.  Although, old habits are still tough to break.

Earlier I talked about how my passion for travel has inspired me to consider civil construction, how cross timber method could maybe one day improve the civil sector and how some construction companies have made the effort to preserve historical structures while rebuilding it to keep it useful.  Many civil construction projects allow us to travel which is one of my passions and reasons why I want to do civil.  However, I am not sure if my goal of sustaining energy through green buildings and structures can be achieved as much as if I decide to enter the commercial or residential sector.  Therefore, I’m not entirely sure if that’s what I’d like to do.  I think that the connection that surprised me the most is the one about travel and civil sector.  I described how travel can become a problem if the actual traveling aspect becomes a problem and that’s why I would like to make a difference in the civil sector.

Like I said earlier in the blog, I used to think that I knew everything, including how to be successful in college.  My approach to learning at Virginia Tech was a lot like my approach in high school; learn it when I had to.  Now I know that I must learn the material as I go along in order to be successful.

Leadership

To me, leadership is getting a team of people to accomplish a common goal or task.
When I enter my field of choice i would like to be a trustworthy leader.  I would like to be the kind of leader that people can count on and are willing to work because they trust me.  I will do my best to give my workers the most honest answers to their questions and make safety a number one priority.  That way they can trust me with their lives as well as how to be as productive as possible.

A successful leader in the civil sector has to possess trustworthiness as well as being able to pay close attention to detail.  Civil construction projects include building bridges and dams, which can involve various hazards if things are not dealt with properly.  In Florman’s book, he explains that in many 3rd world countries that use faulty design and construction, buildings have been known to collapse because of ignorance and carelessness.  It’s the ignorance and carelessness that can get workers to loose trust in their leader, and are two qualities I hope to never possess.