During my sophomore year, I participated in the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP). I attended weekly meetings during first semester with my cohort group and mentor (Ty Shepfer), completed professional development co-curricular programs and a financial wellness component, and attended a STEP expo. I selected a signature project and submitted a proposal, abstract, and budget. My project is planned for summer 2022, at which time I would like to complete a civil engineering or urban planning internship in a large metropolitan area, ideally New York City.
This experience belongs in my portfolio because it is assisting me in my professional development and networking skills. Working with a mentor and peers outside of engineering gave me new perspectives in developing my signature project. Receiving funding is also a huge benefit of the program, and it will help provide me with an experience I might otherwise not have. Thanks to my mentor, I learned more about a broad series of topics, including time management, mental health, and the impact of social media. Participating in STEP broadened my skill set and encouraged me to meet new people.