As a child, you are always asked what do you want to be when you grow up. My standard answer for most of my life was to become a doctor. Honestly, I had no real passion for science, but my brother told me when I was younger I couldn’t be a doctor, I had to be the nurse. I was determined to prove him wrong and had my mindset on medicine.
In high school, I was accepted into a pre-engineering program and actually found my passion in life. I’ve always loved math, and now I was learning skills to apply it and create something new. I just needed to apply that to the medical field and was set on becoming a Biomedical Engineer. That is all I talked about for the rest of my high school career.
It wasn’t until my senior year when my program coordinator suggested Industrial Engineering. Like I’ve said in the previous post, I am a know it all, so I did not even hear her out, because I was determined to be a Biomedical Engineer. I’m so grateful she was so persistent about me looking into Industrial because it turned out to be the perfect fit for me. She always said I was a natural leader, but in her words, a bossy busybody, with the right training and education could take over the world.
After my freshmen year orientation and truly learning more in-depth what an Industrial Engineer does, I knew I was in the right field. I loved the mix of business and engineering, along with being prepared to be a project manager. Now, when I’m asked what do I want to be when I grow up, I say a CEO of a Defense Contracting Company.