It’s been a busy few weeks. Shortly after my last entry, I made a trip down south to visit family. My step dad walked with two master degrees (technically one with a second one attached as a certificate). It took him 10 years to finish and mom insisted he needed to walk. I had a good time, chilled and relaxed. It was a short trip and I think we tried to squeeze almost too much into it. One thing that I think is important? You are never too old for school. If you want to go back for something, and you find yourself worried about your age, DON’T. Age is a number, but learning is forever, no matter that number.
The sweetheart is working on his own degree and may go after a master’s when he’s done. He recently changed his major to match my profession. I’m kind of excited to see how the classes have changed. I’m also hoping I can help him as much as I can because its been a really long time since I’ve done any actual engineering. I did tell him though, that when he hits structures, he’s on his own. That’s one of my weaknesses as a Civil and why I leaned towards the Geotechnical/Environmental path.
Work has been… interesting. Verdict is still out on the new boss. Since my program is down to two of us, we’ve been a bit inundated. However, I do like how my partner is moving the program. He wants to take a more no frills approach, instead of constantly being in a reactive state. I can appreciate that and have been doing my best to support him and make sure we keep on top of things. I think he stresses a bit. He doesn’t have the scientist background (he’s more a journalist/historian type career), so he comes to me quite a bit for the science. My only downfall is I’m not a chemical engineer (I actually despise chemistry), but I know enough with my environmental background to understand what I’m looking at and how it could affect things.
There’s one thing that has always stuck with me from a conversation I had with a favorite professor back in the day, “You never stop learning.” So even after you’re done with school, you’re still learning the inside tricks to things. Most of what I do now, I learned on the job and through specialized training. But I would of never gotten there without developing a basic academic background in my interest area. Science and Math are important, don’t ever let someone tell you otherwise if you want to be a technical professional. And no question is ever too stupid, no matter how stupid you think it sounds (super important lesson!)