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If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
21 is pretty great. Still in college, can drink legally, lots of friends.
If you were to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To not be so stressed out all of the time. I set such high expectations for myself, and I'm constantly worrying about achieving them.
What do you notice when you walk into someone's home for the first time?
The smell. Everyone's house has a unique smell!
When you imagine yourself as really, really relaxed and happy, what are you doing?
Spending all day in bed with my boyfriend!
What is your best question to get to know someone?
My sorority pledge class did this thing where you sit in a circle and everyone tells stories about the best time of their life, and the worst time of their life. There was a lot of crying involved, but we definitely felt closer after that!
Are you skinny
I wouldn't call myself skinny because my thighs and butt are pretty thick from working out. But my stomach is relatively flat (not where I want it to be yet) and I wear a size 4-6 so I consider myself healthy and happy! I'm just trying to lose a bit of fat and tone until I get my dream body.
It did help, thank you so much. I heard doctors start earning a lot during residency. Is that true?
I just looked it up because I wasn't sure and it looks like medical residents make around 50k per year on average, so not bad at all! I'm sure it goes up after that.
Do you earn more or your bf?
Definitely my boyfriend! He works full-time year round, I'm just working full-time this summer doing chemistry research before I start my final year of classes in the fall. I got an undergraduate research grant worth $3000 so that's my income the entire summer, but K makes like twice that in a month haha
What was the last thing you paid for?
Lunch one day when I was too lazy to pack lunch for work. Boring I know
Is engineering better or medicine?
They're very different. I would say you should ask yourself how important it is that you work directly with patients. Doctors get to work with patients, engineers do work with people, but they're more likely to be working on a team at a company to design products that help people. For example, my bf's job is to verify his company's IV pumps and make sure they work properly before they're sold to hospitals. So in a way, he indirectly saves lives.
The big advantage of engineering is you can get a good job right away with a Bachelor's, whereas for medicine you have to go to med school/residency for like 8-10 years and you come out with a ton of debt. Doctors don't make as much money as they used to because malpractice insurance is getting more expensive. But if you really want to be a doctor, I'm sure it's worth it. Hope that helped?
Why are you studying chemistry?
I took gen chem my freshman year of college and I was like "hey, I hate this less than everyone else, maybe I should take more chemistry!" And then I took another chem class and really loved it, and enrolled in orgo after that. I love chemistry because it's applicable to all parts of life, and I enjoy the problem-solving involved.
Does your boyfriend support you financially?
Not at the moment. We split rent and utilities for our apartment down the middle, and I pay for 1/3 of our groceries because he really does eat 2/3 of our food haha! But if we go out to eat or to bars he almost always insists on treating me so that does probably add up.
How much money does an engineer make?
Depends on the type of engineering, but most engineers make 50-60k starting salary and make around 100k or more mid-career salary, it's a great career field
In engineering, can you start working right after 4 years of college?
Yes! The great thing about engineering is you can get a really good job with just a Bachelor's. whereas I'm a chemistry major, and I need to get a PhD to get a really good job. Some engineers do get Master's, PhDs, or MBAs later on though.
Oh, AND my boyfriend's name begins with K, too! Haha, I was so excited when I found your twitter a couple weeks ago!
Haha that's awesome!
My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years and have been best friends for four. We know that we are each other's "the one." We're starting at the same college in two weeks, and he's majoring in Electrical Engineering. Is it safe to call myself an EnginSO?
Yes, definitely! Feel free to put #EnginSO in your bio if you wish and @ me if I don't follow you already. Congrats to you and your boyfriend! Electrical engineering is a solid career choice.
Is he still in school or did he graduate already?
He graduated in June 2012- he's 2 years older than me. Now he works full-time as a Systems Engineer and is founding a start-up company with his buddies on the side!
Do you live off campus? Or do you live on campus with you boyfriend?
We live off campus. Our apartment is just 2 blocks west of campus, it's perfect! K's commute to work is like 30-45min from our college town so not terrible.