Blinking Cursor

I’ve got to admit, it feels weird.

I am sitting at my desk, listening to the clipping sound of my keyboard. I am continuously watching my cursor blink slowly on my laptop’s bright screen, while the invigorating aroma of the espresso cup standing adjacent to my palm, connects my thoughts and emotions.

Composing a blog post, an essay or a lab report has always been a challenge. I remember in high school I would proudly state that

“ I will be an engineer, I won’t need to write stuff”

Writing was not my forte and, at the time, I didn’t care about finding ways to express myself on paper, as long as I could build something that works.

The beautiful Academic Center building at Olin College in Needham, MA

I am now at Olin, studying Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a lot of things have changed since high school. Olin has altered my approach to what engineering really is.

Engineering is not only about coding, circuits and mechanical models. It is not solely about solving intricate mathematical problems or designing new process plants and modifying existing ones. Engineering is the art of failures, lessons and successes.

“A tale of bugs, failing prototypes and scratch paper in the lab’s trash can at 3am”

As future engineers we need to be able to clearly document and express our findings and ideas. This is what renders our work special.

Engineering is the blinking cursor on your computer screen. It is the fast blinking cursor in your brain; in everyone’s brain.