Dani’s Declassified Guide to Personal Finance

To the class of 2021 – Congratulations! To help you as you start most likely your first full time role in STEM post-graduation, I have compiled my personal finance priorities to help you all! These were my priorities in order once I had started my first full-time job in 2017 in the United States. You…

Dani’s Declassified Guide to Crafting your Resume

Last month, I served as one of the ASCE Resume Workshop coaches where I review resumes of primarily ASCE Student Members and provided them with personal feedback on how they can improve their resume for the future. Through my time as a civil engineering student and now as a young professional, my resume has undergone…

Designing from a Distance: 365 Days of Work from Home

Today is March 17th, 2021 which marks for me a year since I have started working remotely full-time due to COVID-19. As I reflect on my last 365 days, I thought I would share some of my experiences and lessons learned with you all! Before I start, I wanted to mention my general situation. As…

Dani’s First Declassified Guide: Scholarship Success and Resources

College in the United States is expensive. And while I did receive an annual merit scholarship throughout my five years, there were still additional expenses that I needed to pay out of pocket each year towards tuition, textbooks and other expenses. As someone who was awarded over $25,000 in scholarships throughout college, I have learned…

4 Ways ASCE has Made Me a Better Civil Engineer

After being inspired by some many stories on ASCE Day this past November and earlier this week as part of ASCE’s Younger Member Week, I wanted to go into more detail on how ASCE has personally helped me on my civil engineering journey. Founded in 1852, ASCE or the American Society of Civil Engineers  is the…

Goals for 2021

I hope by writing about my goals, it will inspire you to set goals of your own! Below are my goals for 2021 and part of the reasoning why I found these to be the most important to me. Feel free to reach out with any questions. 5 goals I want to reach by the…

2020 – In Review

Continuing the tradition from last year, I would like to summarize my year and review the goals I set. As we all know, 2020 was an unprecedented year. If you told me that the ERYMC in January 2020 was going to be my last in-person conference for this year, I probably wouldn’t have believed you….

What You Need to Know about The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Background The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program. Currently. the FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson…

Why Pronouns Matter in the Workplace and Beyond

Today is International Pronouns Day which seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year. Before I go into why pronouns matter, I want to include some definitions to set the stage: Sex – refers to…

Top 4 Tips to Improve your Organizational Skills

Since graduating from college in 2017, I have tried out a bunch of workflows to keep myself organized. The following tips are my top four tips that work for me and I hope these help you! 1. Mise en place or “everything has its place” Mise en place, pronounced (MEEZ ahn plahs) or (mi zɑ̃…