I grew up in northern California, which is a very different California than Hollywood portrayed of beach bums and sunny skies. Instead, I grew up with orchards, rice fields, forests, skiing, alpine lake plunges, and nights under starry skies. In a way, I didn’t want to say goodbye to my California, but I didn’t want to further my college education at any in-state college either, so I looked to Colorado and found a school and town that felt like home. Although at first, I didn’t know what to do with a civil engineering degree, I knew I wanted to help better people’s lives with my education.
I am a recent graduate and young professional navigating through a new world and lifestyle I never experienced during my schooling. Between my junior and senior years of college, I interned at Lamp Rynearson’s office in Fort Collins. I enjoyed the people I worked with and gaining experience in one of the many fields I could enter with Civil Engineering. As a result, I accepted an offer from Lamp before graduating and started my full-time career in July 2022. For the past few months, I have gained so much more experience in the project’s process, quality control, immersion into the projects and navigating all the moving parts, applying learned topics to real-life aspects, and understanding my role in the bigger scheme of things.
“At Lamp Rynearson, the pride of leaving a legacy is expressed in the projects we design, and it is apparent that bettering the community is a big part of the overall goal.”
Growth has been one aspect of my early career that I have not had to ask for here at Lamp Rynearson. I have been assigned responsibilities that I feel comfortable and confident with, but I also have been responsible for aspects of the project I have yet to gain prior experience or confidence. With these lesser-known tasks assigned to me, I have acquired more confidence in accepting new responsibilities and understanding that I am not expected to know everything. With those understandings under my belt, I have asked questions and learned more about the scope of my work.
At Lamp, the pride of leaving a legacy is expressed in the projects we design, and it is apparent that bettering the community is a big part of the overall goal. Therefore, I see these projects not necessarily as what they are now but rather as what they will be in the future after development and providing necessary aspects of life to people of the community.