Finally A Real World Application

In the brunt of schoolwork during the semester, sometimes it’s hard to remember your final goal or the purpose of what you’re studying.  Honestly, we learn so much information in our environmental engineering classes and it’s sad that a lot of it is forgotten once finals are over.  This reality sometimes makes being motivated to learn difficult.  The other night, in the midst of this negative mindset and jaded from the week’s workload, having just studied for soil mechanics and doing reading for environmental case studies, I made a cool connection.  The reading was about the draught problem in California.  They’re extracting so much water from the aquifers that the ground level is actually shrinking!  What’s funny is that an hour prior, I was doing soil mechanics homework where I had to figure out the amount of soil settlement from a specific decrease in the water table.   Wow!  Finally a direct connection between classes that also applies to the real world.  Even though I do not plan on pursuing a profession in the civil or water resources engineering field because that is not where my interests lie, it was still neat realizing that I have the basic knowledge to figure out the amount of settlement due to a draught that is causing problems in the real world.  Moral of the story, even as an IDEAS major, sometimes you have required classes that you just have to take whether you like it or not.  It becomes a lot easier to appreciate these courses when you can make real world applications.


About ludevon16

I am a Lehigh University IDEAS Environmental Engineering student focusing on a mix of biology, chemistry, environmental science, and sustainability. This summer I am participating in the Low-Energy Sustainable Farming Mountaintop Project at Lehigh, after coming back from a semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany. The previous summer I participated in an REU at Cal Poly researching phytoremediation. I am passionate about environmental remediation and want to pursue a career in the field after (fingers crossed) going to grad school. I am a flautist in the LU Philharmonic Orchestra, a student tutor for orgo, a member of LU's Finest step dancing team, and an inmate tutor for the Lehigh Prison Project. I like to rock climb, run, read, and play ukulele! View all posts by ludevon16

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