By: Clarissa Moreno
Walking up 3 flights of stairs, and your heart rate starts to speed up. It’s starting to get difficult to breath. You think to yourself, “Almost there.” What sets Samueli Academy apart from most schools is the two courses that most schools don't require, Engineering and Design. Freshman year you take one of the twofirst semester and the other in the second semester.In the Spring of Freshmen year, you decide which pathway to take, but have you ever wondered how freshmen feel about that switch?
Design and Engineering are very different, but also very similar. They both have away you can use expression, but a major difference is that Engineering uses math, and Design includes uses the Elements and Principles of Design. As students are adjusting to the change of environment and a new subject, the teachers receive a whole new classroom of students. Mr. Bell, 9th grade Engineering and 12th grade Physic teacher, says, “The biggest change for me will be that I am no longer growing with the students. In the first semester, we were all getting used to each other, now, I'm the only one trying to fit in and getting to know more.”
Engineering is hard to learn, yet fun at the same time. Unfortunately, you have to use mathematical equations, but you get to build stuff at the same time. So, what advice may previous freshmen engineers have for these new engineers. “Keep on track and follow directions ,or else you'll get lost,” recommends Ernie Hermosillo, a 9th grader.
In Design, you show expression, while following the Elements and Principles of Design through projects. “My Favorite project was the puzzle piece. It was a chance for me to express myself and show who I am,” says Daniela Marin, a 9th grader.
Now, practically the whole school has had to choose between Design and Engineering. Andrew Sanchez, a senior, chose the engineering pathway, and mentions “My dad works in construction, and I was into building at the time.” For him, he made his decision based on a love of building with his dad, which lead him to chose the Engineering pathway. Now, as he's on to bigger and better things, he could soon be the engineer for our stairs.
Now, you’re walking from lunch to your next class. Your heart rate is normal. No more 3 flights of stairs, yes! Design and Engineering have their difference and similarities, but in the end, we will all adjust to the way we learn, and soon enough we'll choose our pathways. So, keep on breathing!
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