Young Engineers Should Be Grateful To Their Non-Engineering Mates

It pays to hang out with people who work in a different field.


(Source: UCLA, School of Engineering and Applied Science)

Young engineers, be thankful to all your friends.

For the past eight years, I have been dealing with different concepts involving engineering, math, physics and science. I couldn’t complain because I have always loved critical thinking which involves complicated numbers and variables. I also wouldn’t want to have it any other way because I’ve always wanted to be an engineer and I made sure I’d be one as soon as I entered college. For all the years I’ve endured sleepless nights studying for my exams, I have always been surrounded with my colleagues in engineering school. Even as an engineer working for a company that involves a lot of technical work, I am still surrounded with engineers from different fields. I’m glad I’ve gotten along well with them.

But you know what I’m also grateful for? My non-engineering friends.

Young Engineers, Be Grateful To Your Non-Engineering Mates (Source: UCLA, College of Engineering)

It pays to hang out with people who work in a different field – may they be artists, doctors, teachers or anything else. Their outlook in life is different from mine and they give me a breath of fresh air from all the technical conversations I have in my work. While we may not understand each other’s jargons, my non-engineering friends help me open myself to a world where I can talk about other things I usually don’t deal with on a daily basis. These involve art, music, medicine, business, finance, psychology and relationships.

Young Engineers, Be Grateful To Your Non-Engineering Mates (Source: Giphy)

My non-engineering friends who me new ideas on how to tackle different problems and they teach me that while engineering is important to the world, it’s not the only thing I should focus on as a human being. They open my eyes to more opportunities in incorporating my field of expertise to their world, which makes it more fun for me and for them.

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They inspire me to understand and connect with other people. They help me see the world as diverse and not be stuck in a one-sided point of view in life. If there’s one thing I’m also grateful for my non-engineering friends, they’ve taught me that life shouldn’t be dealt with just by using my mind. I have to deal with my emotions as well -something most engineers have a hard time doing.

So here’s to all my non-engineering friends! You are as helpful to me as the people in my work. May you keep inspiring me to be a well-rounded engineer as I do the same thing for all of you. Thank you!

Young Engineers, Be Grateful To Your Non-Engineering Mates (Source: Giphy)

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