Why You Should Study Engineering for Yourself, Not for Others

You’ll be surprised to know the effect of having this mindset.


Study engineering for yourself… Mic drop!

Numerous times in college I have tried telling my parents that I already wanted to give up and change courses. In my freshman year, I was skeptical about my civil engineering course, because I thought that it will be exactly what I thought it would be.  I was totally afraid of failing and disappointing people around me especially those who expect highly, like my parents. I eventually convinced myself to give it a shot and proceed with what I have started. I managed to survive with that little hope.

Study engineering for yourself (Source: Stanford University, College of Engineering)

Came sophomore year where times are tougher, I had the struggle to keep myself on the seemingly wrong track. My motivation was lower then, really wanting to call it quits with engineering. Still, I was able to survive and met expectations, but hanging by a thread.


Study engineering for yourself (Source: UCLA, College of Engineering)

Junior year happened, and I had lost it. At one point I was crying because I could no longer contain all the requirements and exams because I didn’t want to fail at all. I was at my lowest that time, the rare times that it has happened in my entire life. But I guess the total breakdown was necessary because it brought upon important realizations.

Since that day, I was able to get a grasp with what is happening with me as an engineering student. I realized that I liked civil engineering after all, it’s just that I was doing it for the wrong reason: I did it to satisfy everyone around me, except me. I was so pressured to succeed that I forgot that I should be doing it for myself first and only secondary for others.

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That’s where all of my frustrations were coming from. My aim was not to fail because I didn’t want to disappoint other people, which is wrong. There is a fine line that separates between “not failing” and “learning,” and every engineering student should learn that.


Study engineering for yourself (Source: Brandeis University)

After that emotional stage of my engineering life, I got to become more relaxed with my studying. It comes with the occasional failures of course, but I know I’m already learning.

When I got myself loosened from the chains of studying engineering for others, that’s when I felt that I really want to be an engineer. That’s also when I had a better time dealing with the struggles. And most of all, that’s when I realized I need to study engineering mostly for my own sake.

Hina Sapra

Content Writer, South Asia.Hina is a former news correspondent at Times of India

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