What was something unique about one of your summer internships?
At an internship with Jay-Reece Contractors in Austin, Texas, we got to work on a bridge for Union Pacific which was collapsing due to flooding. We had cranes out on the water. In the office, I worked in the estimating department, looking at plans and seeing what resources we’d need to build the project. In the field, I was an assistant to the superintendent, learning everything he did to manage the crews and materials for the construction site. We were there, firsthand, making a difference.
Can you share with us a little bit about your study abroad experience?
Last spring, I studied abroad in Italy. It was a 3-credit Purdue course. I was able to go there, visit Rome, the Vatican, and Venice. I got to learn more about the culture and the construction process as a whole. It has definitely made me realize I need to learn more about Europe, Asia, and other countries. They think in a different way. It makes you realize you can attack problems in different ways, solve them differently, and expand your knowledge.