Yo thanks for clicking on my name. Here’s what’s up with me.
My goal/obsession is becoming financially free through real estate investing ASAP. So then I can spend more time doing things I enjoy that don’t produce income like hiking/camping, long term travel, playing the drums, and volleyball (2s, 4s, 6s, indoor, sand, if you need a sub, I will play, just text me).
I came to UW Madison for engineering because a lot of people (parents, teachers, dog) thought it’d be a good fit for me and because in-state tuition is the way to go (I’m from Milwaukee). I started in Mechanical (to pursue automotive design), then jumped to Industrial (because it sounded cool and I got an internship), and finally landed in Civil Engineering (because the GPA cutoff for progression was the lowest, and my freshman year grades were less than good). Within Civil, I found construction management, which is either a degree in adult babysitting or a gateway to a super rewarding and dynamic career in which you get to build buildings. I got a co-op (summer and semester of continuous full time employment for the uninitiated) with Findorff (we build buildings all around Wisconsin) that I am really enjoying. If you want to talk Engineering majors and how to pick one, hit me up and I’ll tell you what I know.
Freshman year, two of my floormates and I (one of whom is the wonderful Nick Peterson, who I can honestly say, changed my life) worked on a project that we called Parfaitt. It was a software solution for remote teams and if you are interested in that sort of thing go read Nick’s profile (he explains it way better than I ever could) or come talk to us about it. We worked on that for about a year and then put it on the backburner to work on INC. This experience was a life changing for two reasons. Firstly, I have been asked about Parfaitt/INC/entrepreneurship in every interview I’ve had since I put it on my resume even though I thought that no engineering firm would think it was cool or valuable at all. Even if your startup is not successful, it immediately makes you a more well rounded and interesting candidate for companies, I’m proof of that. Also, it showed me what was possible. Working on Parfaitt was a crash course in exactly how challenging (it’s way harder than you think it will be) and rewarding starting a business is. And that you absolutely should and can start something in college. Your first thing will fail, and probably a lot of other things after that, but you will learn so much and have some awesome experiences.
I’m only halfway done with college, (will start my fifth semester Spring of 2020 and graduate Fall of 2021) and just turned 21 so I feel under qualified to be giving advice. That aside, to maximize your time in college, talk to a lot of people, start a project or two you care about, and most importantly, spend your four years figuring out what you like and don’t like so you can create a target/vision for you life. Too many people go into debt and spend 4 years hung over and then wander into a career/life that you only kind of like. That sucks, don’t do it.
If anything in here sounds cool/interesting, come talk to me. Everyone loves talking about themselves. 🙂