Meet Veronica Matheson
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Aerospace Engineering
Never listen to people saying that you can't do it, have the confidence and the drive to look them in the eyes and keep on walking towards your dream. My grades were not the top of the class, but that never stopped me from applying, getting accepted, and making it through first-year.
Engineering Class of 2024
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I want to become an engineer to solve problems. Our skills and knowledge of this field can really make a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are making a sustainable light source for power in third- world countries, building a better device to assist people with mobility issues (robotic arms, improved wheelchairs, etc.) or furthering our understanding of technology, we can help those around us.
One challenge that I faced was stepping into the unknown. None of my family or relatives are engineers, so having the confidence to do something without guidance or a firm understanding of what engineers even do was challenging. The most important thing to do is keep moving forward. Even when you feel like you can't take it anymore and it would be so much easier to quit, keep going, because nothing that is worth it in life comes easy. Get through one step at a time.
Never listen to people saying that you can't do it, have the confidence and the drive to look them in the eyes and keep on walking towards your dream. My grades were not the top of the class, but that never stopped me from applying, getting accepted, and making it through first-year. Just work hard and trust in yourself to make the right decision.
Schulich has a lot of clubs and programs that promote a welcoming culture of diversity and inclusivity. Every club that I was interested in was welcoming, and joining them showed me the applications of all that homework I was doing for class. Have absolutely no experience? No problem! The clubs will accept anyone who is willing to learn. There are tons of clubs to choose from including Robogals (teaching young women about engineering), Women in Science in Engineering (good community with social events and mid-term review sessions), Team Zeus (electric motorcycle racing), and Engineers Without Boarders (engineers solving problems internationally), to name a few. Also, if you are struggling with your coursework, there are tutoring, PASS sessions, and mid-term review sessions to attend. If you are freaked out and want to chill out for a minute? There are plenty of social events such as colouring, puppy therapy sessions, and trivia nights. Overall, there are hundreds of ways to get involved around the school and they are all welcoming and include everyone.
What I find the most fun about engineering are the applications and what you can do. I have always been a crafter. Working on projects like building docks, birdhouses, soldering together wire jewelry, etc. I have always wanted to use my crafting ability to solve problems and help others. Through clubs, teams and examples gone over during lectures, I can see the potential for what my engineering degree can do for others. This is what keeps me going.