Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
How were you involved with SASE during your time at UF?
I first got to know SASE when I attended the 2014 SERC held at UF. There I met quite a few of the SASE alumni as well as some of the members that are still on board right now. The fun and friendly environment encouraged me to stay, and the professionalism allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills. I volunteered as the Programming Director for the following SERC in 2015, and finally I became a Co-Executive Director for the SERC in 2016. Apart from those experiences I have gone to every National Conference since 2014 and its been a fantastic experience throughout, from making contacts in the professional world, to connecting with other SASE chapters around the country.
What are you up to now?
Right now I am applying to different positions in mechanical design or manufacturing that interesting me among several aerospace companies.
How has SASE helped you get to where you are today?
SASE has definitely helped me get to where I am today. The various information sessions, resume critiques, and mock interviews that have been hosted by our chapter and its affiliates has greatly influenced my abilities to speak and act like a leader. Furthermore, the experience I acquired as Programming Director and Co-Exec Director have taught me the most valuable motto that I currently live by–don’t be afraid. And while that might sound pretty general and possibly even unrelated, it’s much more than that. If you see recruiters and potential employees as regular people, and not the daunting scary hiring people, it will greatly affect how you conduct yourself when you are interfacing with them. Likewise, in your job you might encounter difficult situations, and not being afraid will allow you to overcome them without an added pressure.
What advice would you give to older SASE members prepping for life after college?
The best advice I can give to you is to have your chin up and don’t underestimate yourself. Many times I’ve come across SASE members who have stellar resumes and leadership experience but seem to think that what they have done is not enough, or don’t feel completely proud about the accomplishments that have done. Simply being in SASE is something to be proud of, and if you have made it this far and are still looking for advice, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful person. So be proud, confident, and humble. If you can do these three things, you will get to where you want to see yourself after college.
What advice would you give to younger SASE members who are still trying to figure things out?
Figuring out who you are or what you want to do, even if you have a general idea is confusing, I know. But don’t let it hold you back. Involve yourself more with SASE, involve yourself in a design competition with one of the many design organizations there are at UF. The best thing I ever did was to involve myself in SASE and with the UF Rocket Team. Both of those experiences taught me what its like to be a leader, and how to apply what I have learned and work with a team. I didn’t always have a clear path set for me, despite me knowing I love aerospace. I explored solar power by joining the Solar Gators, I explored biology by doing agriculture volunteering, and I explored rocketry by joining rocket team. Only by sampling things did I eventually find where I needed to focus my goals. So in the end the best advice I’ve got is to spread out a bit, and find what you think is fun. From there, life will sort itself out.
What is your favorite UF SASE memory?
My favorite SASE memory was the closing ceremony of SASE SERC 2016. Up until that point I had focused a lot on being my best and making good connections with people. But most of all that night I felt like SASE had become my family (cheesy but true). During that semester when I should have been at UF planning everything from top to bottom, I had to take time off to do an internship. But the different planning committees did everything they had to do to execute an amazing conference, and still relied on me for the matters that were most important. Seeing everything come together and to feel the SASE bond that night is something I’ll always remember, and I hope you get to experience something similar soon. If you have any more questions at all for me, or if you need professional advice, hit me up! Go UF SASE! Go Gators!