By - moezbored
> 1) does GPA matter? although a second year CE student, i’ve been in uni for almost 4 years now and unfortunately it took me 2 years to finally figure out what i wanted. I honestly really love the idea of CE. The idea of just being a part of creating a project is so cool to me and being able to learn a bunch of skills you can take out of the workforce is really sweet. My current gpa stands at 2.39 (overall) and that’s mainly caused by my immature decisions in the first 1-2 years in college where i messed around and didn’t care and was U.D. (i’m 21).
It does and it doesn’t. I had a bad GPA for the first couple years of my degree and it just depends what you take with you after all the failure. Are you learning from your mistakes?
GPA will matter more depending on what exactly you want to do. I learned I didn’t want to become a consultant after two internships in it so I really didn’t even try. If you wanted to be structural design, it absolutely matters. If you want to become a project manager, it doesn’t.
I wasn’t a great student academically but the semester I was doing my land development senior design course, I brought my plans with my to the two interviews I had because I know I was good at actually applying what I learned from every class and knew how to present my plans with consistency and professionally. The other guys I graduated with/before who had 3.8+ GPAs projects were just.. not great. Everything all over the place, inconsistent throughout 20+ pages of content, etc.
I learned a lot of what made me look good in internships and Civil3D projects. Being computer literate has also helped me at my job 10 fold with adapting to the softwares we use for our designs.
Build on your actual skill sets while you can and be able to show it when you need to. You’re spending more time at school than most others, utilize it.
> for those who are already C.E, do you use a lot of math like literal actual math like calc problems and such?
No lol, anything that involves advanced math is likely done by a program or MathCAD at this point. Anywhere you go will be like this. You may have to do it by hand for the first couple times but after that, no. It’s more about being able to think and solve problems in efficient ways.
> do you regret doing C.E? if so, why? and if not, why?
Hell no. I really don’t know what I would’ve done if I dropped out of CE. Nothing else really interests my to the degree that CE does. I’m a design engineer for a contractor and get to see so many different cool projects around my state. The pay is pretty good to start, I’m never extremely stressed and work my work hours only when I need to get a project done. I get to do what I love and see what I design.
awesome, yeah i’m still at the very start. so the only engineering courses i took consisted of every STEM major and small 3-D printing projects and using things such as solid works and on shape. Projects that involve creativity and problem solving and all that fun stuff. I have to go a couple semesters until i can get to the specific civil engineering classes as my current university doesn’t provide that and i’d need to transfer before i get to enroll in em!
Keep it up man. I was very close to dropping out and not knowing what to do at all but keep going. I took statics/strengths/dynamics a few times each but the times I passed them I had A/B’s in the end.
yeah. i have yet to take any major C.E classes since all the stuff i’m taking rn is Pre Reqs like calc2 physics, etc. I too stayed persistent with some courses. This is the first time since maybe freshman year of HS i’ve had over a C in my math courses. i’m landing mainly Bs and stuff. The GPA requirements for the university’s i want to attend aren’t too high for C.E so i should be good. Other than other engineering branches roasting Civil, i really have a fun time with it 🤣👌
Going to be a 5th year undergrad/grad CE in CA.
My GPA was also low for my first 2 years of college. When I started taking my breadth courses and technical electives, my GPA increased significantly because I actually liked the material and wasn’t doing a crap ton of work for my support courses. GPA might matter when applying to your typical internships — it might not matter as much if you contact firms directly. I got my internship by cold emailing almost every local firm near my school.
I don’t use a lot of math. I do use statics and spend time watching material mechanics and design videos on YouTube (there are cool videos to watch).
CE is cool because it’s a profession that deals with designing and maintaining your built environments. There are also a lot of sub-disciplines to specialize in — you’re not limited. I’m able to take pride in my purpose.
Also, focus on the immediate steps you have to take. Don’t worry too much about tasks you have to complete 2-3 years down the road. It’s good to plan that far out, but that still requires time and energy. Focus on your classes, don’t go in debt, start working, and take your FE as soon as you can. Passing the FE will give you confidence and add a little something to your resume.
interesting, and yeah i have a pretty bad habit of stressing over things to come in 2-3 years. I do love the idea of CE though, it’s incredibly interesting and it really has a good purpose behind it.