“Engineering teaches you to look at the world with a new lens and develop a problem-solving mindset.” Kailey Beckie shares her experience as a mechanical engineering student.
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
- Campus: Okanagan
Year: 3rd year
Why did you choose UBC Engineering? What made it stand out compared to other schools?
UBC has an amazing reputation and a good program. I really like being at the Okanagan campus for the location, the views and the opportunities for rock climbing and other outdoor activities. Because UBCO is tied to UBC Vancouver, I feel like I have all the perks and opportunities of a big university without the stress of a big city or a big campus. I was also offered a scholarship to study at UBC, which had a big influence on my decision.
Are you involved in any clubs?
In my first and second year I was involved with the Engineering Society. This year, I’ve been helping with the International Society of Automation to introduce students to automation in manufacturing processes and to make connections with industry. We’re just getting started and hope to do a factory tour soon.
What new skills are you developing as an engineer?
UBC’s engineering program goes beyond just developing your technical and math skills. There are courses on Indigenous consultation and project management that help you develop soft skills as well. I find that engineering teaches you to look at the world with a new lens and develop a problem-solving mindset.
Any advice for other students?
Completing an engineering degree is tough, but all your classmates are in the same boat. It’s a great way to make friends! I’ve also found that I have more in common with other students studying engineering. If you chose to study what you love, you’ll meet people with similar interests.
You can’t go wrong by choosing this degree. I was always told that an engineering degree proves that you can work hard and learn a lot in a small amount of time. It’s a quick way to tell future employers that you’re worthwhile, no matter what field you end up working in.