Next Adventure: Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA
Previous co-op, internship, or research experience?
I came in as a transfer from the University of North Georgia, so the time I could devote to outside internships was limited. Still, I interned at Lockheed Martin in Marietta through their structural engineering program and I worked on the C-130. I also worked with Dr. Spencer doing day-in-the-life testing for Prox 1.
Most looking forward to...
To be honest, I cannot wait to move to California. I'm already planning trips to the national parks. I'm also looking forward to working with Lockheed again, because my experience as an intern was so great. The company culture is supportive. My colleagues didn't look for shortcomings; they are always working for answers.
How did your educational experience at GT-AE help? I like to think of myself as an organized person, but Tech forced me to take it up a notch. I got involved in extra extracurriculars - the Georgia Tech Dance Company and Tau Beta Pi - which helped me, as a transfer student, to find people to hang out with and to study with. But they also forced me to keep organized.
It's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the work and all of the things they want you to learn at Tech. Sometimes, you think "how can I learn all of that?" But you have to take a breath, think about the big picture and schedule yourself. What do you need to get done today? What project needs your attention now? Finals will come when finals come. Do your best today.