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During the college years, I have multiple of hurdles that I have encountered. Some of my biggest hurdles are time management and procrastination. Throughout my education, I have always been a procrastinator. When I go through my assignments, I will always go with good intentions and plan on getting them done early so that I will not have to worry about doing them later. However, life seems to get carried away. I always find something else that needs to be done immediately, while my assignments are not due for a few days. I also find it very difficult to motivate myself if the assignment is not due right away. I have myself convinced that I will do better under pressure. Therefore, I always end up putting myself in that situation. Although throughout my education so far this technique has worked, I certainly believe that it will not work through university.
In order to reach my strategic objectives, I need to set goals that stretch me to reach my full potential. Learning "SMART goals" have given me guidance to set my objectives. "SMART" broadly conform to the words Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Therefore, to change my ways of thinking about assignments and deadlines, I need to set some specific rules for me to follow. First off, I need to set realistic goals. I often set goals that are very unlikely to get my work done. Therefore, to improve this, I will try to break my assignment into parts and give myself more than enough time to accomplish each task. By doing this, my time will be fully utilized instead of wasted.
In co-curricular activities, I realised that I had done little in games and clubs within the university, despite having a number of athletic teams, training personnel as well as excellent facilities. I was not able to attend any of the activities and even spent most of my time playing games on my personal computer rather than being involved in real athletics.
Having The Right Attitude:
Now, it's time to make changes. I have made strict schedules to allow me to attend my favourite games which are football and rugby. I believe sports can season me to be mentally and physically fit. Moreover, physical fitness is important for all, and is also the main core for engineers to go the distance. In life, we are bound to encounter challenges. Thus, by doing sports, I hope they can help me to steel myself in coping with the challenges in life. Furthermore, as most sports involve precision and good communication, which are fundamentally linked to engineering, they also help me to develop the natural traits as an engineer.
Through the hurdles, I also realise some of my strengths. One of them is that I always get all my work done. I always make the time and find the will to get them done. This takes a lot of self-discipline, because I could be distracted with other matters. If I get all of my work done, then surely it will help me in examinations. I understand that all tasks given are to expand and develop my knowledge, and do well on assignments, laboratories and coursework. This will ultimately help me to be more knowledgeable throughout my life.
Professional Engineering Principles and Personal Opinions
In the new or future world of national security and economy, engineers always play vital role. Engineers must make new discoveries, innovate continually, and support the most sophisticated industries. Engineers must also continue to bring new products and services to market faster and better than anyone else, and must design, produce, and deliver to serve world markets. With that, I believed engineers must acquire two things: (1) discover new scientific knowledge and technological potential through research, and (2) drive high-end, sophisticated technology faster and better than anyone else.
Becoming a Mechanical Engineer like anything else requires commitment, interest and hard work. I have to understand the relevant engineering sciences like engineering mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, engineering drawing, materials science, manufacturing processes involving mechanical engineering operations like machining, welding, casting to mention but a few. That is on the advanced level, however at an earlier age, I need to be good at mathematics or other related sciences like physics and chemistry. I am also need to be hard working and analytical. Good mechanical engineers are good developers of engineering ideas which help solve engineering problems in the daily life requirements. 
Without any doubt, being a professional engineer, one should also have to work to enhance the welfare, health and safety whilst paying due regard to the environment and the sustainability of resources. He or she should normalise him/herself with integrity and honesty. Professional engineers should adopt the highest standards of professional conduct, openness, fairness and honesty as well as good communication skills with high standards of leadership in the exploitation and management of technology.
As professional engineers normally hold privileged and trusted position in a society, I am expected to serve wider society and also be sensitive to public concern. Thus, I have to be aware of the issues that engineering and technology raise for society, and also listen to the aspirations and concerns of others. Moreover, I have to actively promote public awareness and understanding of the impact and benefits of engineering achievements.
Lastly, I believe professional engineers should be accurate and rigour. We hold a duty which is to ensure that we acquire and use widely and faithfully the knowledge that is relevant to the engineering skills needed in their work in service of others. Therefore, I should always act with care and competence. I have to get my knowledge and skills up to date and also assist the development of engineering knowledge and skills in others. In addition, I should present and review engineering evidence, theory and interpretation honestly, accurately and without bias. As a professional engineer, I also need to identify and evaluate risks before take any actions.
Therefore, from now, I should start training myself to be alert on the ways in which my works and actions might affect others, and duly respect the rights and reputation of others too. I also need to avoid deceptive acts and take steps to prevent corrupt practices or professional misconduct.
Back in college, I was assigned with daily homework and teachers will check them on regular basis to ensure that the works given were properly done. However, when I step into university life, I am trusted to complete my assignments without being reminded and I have to keep myself notified the due date of my assignments. Thus, university life has taught me to be more self-discipline and more independent. I also have learned to relate what I was taught in class and my readings to the real world of applications.
As the role of a mechanical engineer is to design, analyse, and maintain complex mechanical systems, I am looking forward that university life will enhance my ability to learn, understand and absorb theoretical mechanics concepts. Thus, I can apply them to mechanical system designs and testing which are very important in this field.
Many mechanical systems are so large and complex, that they cannot be tested completely before implementation. Instead, models are created to test functionality and determine performance tolerances. Therefore, during my university life, I am expecting to learn four primary skills: mechanical skills, spatial relations, computer design skills, and written communication.
Nevertheless, university experience also teaches me to be more independent analytical thinker. I need to be more critical in thinking and making good decisions. An obvious example is when having a discussion with course mates on certain topics, there will always be conflicting views on certain subjects. However, in compensation, university provides me with a lot of resources to clarify some disputes.
I have learned a lot of useful information from this whole module. Not only I can understand my course, I also understand myself better. I realise that there are various learning styles to choose from and this made me identify which style best fits me so that it helps me to utilise my strengths and ultimately learn better. Furthermore, I have learned that time management is the most critical tool towards achieving personal goals and I realise my life improves with proper time management.
I need to develop myself particularly with my confidence and keep on progressing. Whenever I have thoughts and ideas, I will share them with my friends and be more positive and critical. Though this is going to be difficult for me since I have always been a quite one, but as a sponsored international student, I will work on it. I hope university can nurture me to be a balanced and well-rounded person, and provides me with the skills required for a professional career in a wide range of sectors such as in finance, industry, consultancy and public services.