Paul C., from San Diego, California, could have easily stayed in California but chose to look at ASU because, “I wanted to experience something new and different.”
It was the right choice, he says. “I decided on the Polytechnic campus because I love the smaller-school atmosphere it has. I definitely did not want to have 300+ people lecture classes. Also, when I had my tour during my senior year of high school, I was super excited to see all the wonderful labs on campus and the high-tech machinery they have.”
Paul explains that he has always been good at math and science, which is why he chose to major in General Engineering. “I like the combination of math and science that is found within the various fields of engineering. I chose Fulton because as an engineer, Fulton is the school for me.”
Paul did consider other schools, including California Polytechnic State University, San Diego State, and the University of Arizona. “I obviously made the better choice, especially in respect to the last college I listed,” he jokes.
He says that he was ultimately swayed by the amazing resources offered on the Polytechnic campus. “I came for the Barrett overnight stay and what really impressed me were the labs. The labs at Poly are awesome, especially the Startup Labs.”
When asked his overall impression of the Polytechnic campus, Paul’s reply is enthusiastic. “The Polytechnic campus is awesome! It is small and you easily get to know your faculty and other students. I like the smaller classes, and I appreciate the project-based ‘hands on’ approach to engineering.”
Paul is quick to express how eager he is to explore the tech labs and machinery available to him as an engineering student. “I’m excited to become an expert with all the machines we have in our tech labs, and use them to build awesome things!” He adds that he loves being a Sun Devil, because it means being a part of “one of the largest universities in the U.S., with one of the largest alumni networks.”
Looking ahead, Paul envisions one day working for an engineering firm. “GE has been catching my eye, but it all depends on which branch of engineering that I choose to pursue.” Right now, the hardest decision he has to make “is deciding what line of engineering to concentrate on. There are just so many options!”