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Advice for First and Second Year Chemical Engineering Students

  • 1.  Advice for First and Second Year Chemical Engineering Students

    Posted 08-21-2019 17:34

    Hi everyone!

    What kind of advice do you have for first and second year Chemical Engineering Students? What advice would you give to your past self about classwork? How did you manage your work-life balance? What tools/resources do you recommend?

    Marissa Martine
    ESC Chairman
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Liasion

  • 2.  RE: Advice for First and Second Year Chemical Engineering Students

    Posted 08-22-2019 00:12
    Hi everyone,

    What type of opportunities for b.ech second year  student?  How live professional life and personal life differently?

    Jatinderpal singh

  • 3.  RE: Advice for First and Second Year Chemical Engineering Students

    Posted 08-23-2019 01:54
    Form a study group with your classmates.

    Always share all your doubts to your teachers, they love to hear questions in class.

    Practice everyday the lessons of the day don't wait the last minute or final tests.

    If your university don't offers schedule flexibility, please don't work only focus on study.

    For the classwork, don't use or talk about things that you don't know or understand because the teachers enjoy to put on evidence that situations at presentations (haha true sad story)

    Paola Aguirre Alvarado

  • 4.  RE: Advice for First and Second Year Chemical Engineering Students

    Posted 08-24-2019 14:18

    I definitely agree with Paola.

    Studying engineering requires students to ALWAYS study in groups when it comes to completing problem sets and projects. You will actually learn better and faster that way as supposed to trying to complete the assignments by yourself. That was a mistake that I made during my first year because I assumed everything was going to be like high school. But it was mostly because I was very introverted. Nevertheless, move those hindrances aside, make good hard-working friends in the classroom and form study groups.

    Also, make sure to consult TAs and your professors if you are still confused about the material. They are always willing to answer questions through email or office hours and they are very patient. There is also no shame in staying in their office hours for the whole time. You will actually save so much time in your problem sets later on.

    I would also recommend against working part-time for the first two years as that is when you are doing most of your departmental requirements. Most chemical engineering programs become "flexible" during the last two years so it is better to work then. But if you are interested in working, maybe consider a part-time job works with your schedule and relates to what you are studying (tutoring, research assistantship, university blogging, etc. ). Speaking of schedule, make sure to make a google calendar or planer of your schedule so that you are not surprised and doing things the last minute. If you keep track of your strict schedule, you can actually wind up reasonably "adding more" to your schedule with ease. Sometimes, in order to make the most of your days, you may have to wake up early, do academic work during your meals, or stretch out your evenings. Whatever works for you.

    For my chemical engineering courses, I have used the website LearnCheme: They have provided me a foundational understanding of all the subjects I had to study for my departmental courses.

    Hopes this helps!

    Rebekah Ann Adams
    Chemical and Biological Engineering Department
    Princeton University, Class of 2021