Please provide a brief description of your STEP Signature Project.
My STEP Signature Project involved my Internship this past summer at SRC, Inc. I moved to a new city, Fairborn OH, and worked in a professional engineering environment, researching deep learning and developing software. I was able to expand my professional network, my engineering skills, and my independence.
What about your understanding of yourself, your assumptions, or your view of the world changed/transformed while completing your STEP Signature Project?
One major change over the course of my project was a change in my sense of independence. Before this, I had either lived at home or on campus and I did not have to worry about many aspects of day-to-day life. This summer, however, I moved to a completely new city and lived on my own for about 3 months, working in a full time position. During this time, I truly felt independent and did not rely on anyone else for paying bills, buying food, transportation, etc. Now, I have a greater overall sense of independence as I continue my education.
Also, I gained new knowledge and understanding about real-world engineering work environments. Before, I had worked on-campus jobs and another internship at a smaller company. However, this summer I worked in a much larger company on actual software and research projects for the company. I gained a much better understanding about what my future holds in the field of Computer Science Engineering.
What events, interactions, relationships, or activities during your STEP Signature Project led to the change/transformation that you discussed in #2, and how did those affect you?
One main event, as mentioned earlier, was my move to a completely new city. I moved to Fairborn, OH which is in the Dayton, OH area. I did not know much about the area other than that a few of my friends lived in some of the surrounding cities. Moving there, I had to adapt to a new environment and learn more about where I was living. I was able to experience many new things and meet many new people. I was also living on my own for pretty much the first time in my life.
This brought about a few new aspects of life. I had to do pretty much everything on my own without help from anyone. This included navigating a new city, working a professional full time job, and doing less exciting things like buying groceries and paying bills. These experiences were not difficult but just new to me, as I had either lived at home or on campus beforehand. I feel like I grew immensely in my independence and self-reliance over the course of my project.
My actual job was also a key event/experience that led to my transformation. At SRC, I created many new and great professional relationships and friendships. I was able to work on meaningful projects in a real-life engineering environment. This expanded my understanding of my future profession and gave my great experience to use in future internships and my future career. I feel like I am now more prepared for further work experience and my future career.
Why is this change/transformation significant or valuable for your life?
This transformation is significant for my life because I am now more prepared for the future when I may be living on my own in a new city. I have a greater understanding of the responsibilities and aspects of life after graduation. Also, I feel more prepared for my future career and professional work environments through the experiences I had at my internship. Overall, I know I have grown and changed in a positive way over the course of my project and this change will help me to be successful in the future.