Ben Cahill

Champaign, Illinois

Ben Cahill

Champaign, Illinois

I expressed an interest in engineering because I have always liked science and mathematics in grade school and I heard from others that engineering was a difficult but rewarding field. Hearing how difficult it was, I knew I had to go for it. I was afraid of failing and proving that I wasn’t good enough, but I knew that to not even try would be the true loss.

Until around high school, I never considered working harder than I needed to. At the time, I didn’t consider myself to have any particular talents and I didn’t have the motivation I needed to really challenge. I still remember the exact moment in junior high school when I told myself to not think so down about oneself and to go out and challenge yourself to find out what your limits actually are. I enrolled in the more advanced math and science courses in my sophomore year to see how I would do. I did well and I felt rewarded so I continued on. I ended up enrolling in 35 hours worth of AP credit in my high school career that carried over to my future undergraduate university.

When I graduated, I knew I wanted to pursue engineering, but I wasn’t sure which field. I was ahead of schedule since I enrolled in so many AP courses, so ended up taking courses in all three engineering fields offered at my undergraduate university. They offered electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering so I enrolled in courses covering the topics of mechanics, circuitry, and computer programming. I found electrical engineering the more difficult field so I was naturally piqued to learn more. As I was taking courses, I never wanted to stop challenging myself and learning as much as I could while I am in college. It would be a missed opportunity to not take as much out of this learning experience that is your undergraduate career. I finished with a degree in three majors and two minors because of it. I had a full course load every semester in order to finish with majors in Engineering Physics: Electrical Application, Engineering Physics: Computer Application, and Physics and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science.

I am now enrolled as a graduate student in ECE at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with studies in electromagnetics and optics. I can't wait to see where the future takes me.

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    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign