Lee Faraca - Cal Poly


As my graduation date rapidly approaches, I can’t believe how fast college has gone by. Senior project is in full swing and companies are having workplace showcases almost weekly. Friends and colleagues have already begun signing letters of intent with various companies. As I look back on my college experience and how much I’ve learned, I realize that I’d like to continue my education. I hope to take my Professional Engineers (PE) Exam next year as well as enroll in a Master's program.

Cal Poly offers a 4+1 “Blended” program that I may apply to. I’d like to concentrate on Water Resources and Hydraulics Engineering. Growing up on the Vineyard has fostered a strong connection to nature,  specifically water. I’ve found fluid mechanics and water management to be my favorite classes. Part of the “Blended” program involves completing a Master’s thesis, which I would focus on water conservation.

Another option is to enroll in an MBA program. My dream is to own or run a firm and a MBA would be a good catalyst. It became quite apparent when I arrived at Cal Poly that the college is filled with many intelligent, high achievers. In my internships and classes, I learned that I’m not nearly the smartest or the best engineer, but that my strengths lie in project management, leadership, and client service/interaction. My engineering degree coupled with an MBA may open many exciting employment opportunities for me.