What Engineering Students Can Learn From Spider-Man: Homecoming

We can learn several lessons from Spider-Man's story - and some may even be applied by engineering students in their struggle to survive college.

We all have our favorite superhero. Some prefer to admire the likes of Batman and Iron Man while others prefer Captain America and Superman. For now, everyone’s eyes are set on Spider-Man, with Tom Holland as the new web-shooting hero.

Spider-Man was created by the legendary Stan Lee over five decades ago and has captured the hearts of every kid (and the kid-at-heart) with his witty wisecracks and awkward teenager problems, despite the tragedies that he had to go through at such a young age. Turning the comic book into several films proved to be a huge success in Hollywood and with the number of people going to the cinemas to watch the latest movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’re sure we’ll be seeing more of him in the future (hello Marvel Cinematic Universe!).

What makes Spider-Man’s story a beloved and memorable one is how despite the cool superpowers he has, we can all relate to his struggles and problems. From dealing with evil villains to coping up with the tragedies in his life, we can learn several lessons from his story – and some may even be applied by engineering students in their struggle to survive college. Here are the important lessons every engineering student can learn from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Building Networks, Creating Helpful Connections

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When Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, he became an ally of Tony Stark. With a special bond between them, Tony Stark helped Peter Parker in the latest installment of the Marvel Comics superhero movies by creating Spider-Man’s new hi-tech costume. The suit is an upgrade from what he used to wear. It has Taser webs, drones and other advanced gadgets that helped the young superhero fight villains.

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Just like in engineering school, finding the right people to get associated with will help make you as a student. Join the right organization where you see yourself improving a lot. In most cases, joining an academic organization is proven to be helpful for a student since there are a lot of connections that can be made with upperclassmen and the alumni. It also doesn’t hurt that you will be given a lot of tips, old notes, recommendations and sample exams that can be useful for future classes.

Engineering students may also broaden their connections by joining other clubs where they can express themselves, harness their talents and make new friends. Join a cultural organization, a sorority/fraternity and a specific club that caters to your special interest such as comic books or anime.

Harnessing Your “Superpowers”

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Before he became Spider-Man, Peter Parker was just a young teenager who had his own teenager problems. Everything changed when he was bitten by a genetically altered spider.

While engineering students may never get to experience getting bitten by a powerful spider and gain superpowers, there will be moments when one realizes that it’s important to master your unique talents and improve as a student. Engineering can be tough for most students and these include getting a lot of grades that are too embarrassing to mention to anyone, being humiliated in front of class by a terror professor or even failing to complete a simple laboratory work that everyone else aced on. These moments help you get a self-realization you need to improve what you’re not good at as a student and harness your talents and interests. Know what you’re good at and use that as a starting point in becoming better at school.

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Overcoming Adversity Against All Odds

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Despite the superpowers he gained, Spider-Man is still Peter Parker at the end of the day – a young boy who lost his beloved uncle to a tragedy and is dealing with the awkward stages of being a teenager. Not only did he have to learn his way around things, he had to deal with Michael Keaton’s character, Adrian Toomes, a former electronics engineer who became The Vulture. It may not have been easy for Spider-Man but he managed to defeat him with his superpowers, his wit and Tony Stark’s help.

While engineering students may not get any help from the likes of the billionaire Tony Stark and not gain superpowers like Peter Parker, one must learn how to overcome adversity once they enter engineering school. The competition will be tough and there will be days when you feel like giving up on your dream to become an engineer. You will fail at some point and there will be other factors (such as family and relationship problems) that you have to deal with, which will make your life harder at that moment. Learn how to overcome all of these and you may be surprised that one day, you’ll finally get that engineering degree and earn the title “Engr.”

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Article Source: Inc. Southeast Asia


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