Civil Engineer Salma Shahin
Salma Shahin
Civil Engineer
University of Houston - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Civil Engineering2021
• Favorite Quote or Motto: {وَأَحْسِن كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ} - "..and do good [to others] as God has done good to you" [Quran 28:77]
• Work Experience:  College Student: Graduating within 1 year 
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My Story

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I am...

An aspiring seeker of knowledge. No matter what stage of my academic or professional career I am currently in, I want to always remain someone who values beneficial knowledge and strives hard to attain it, apply it, and pass it on to others. Mankind was equipped with the intellect and senses that allow us to learn, analyze, and synthesize. Knowledge is one of the most valuable tools we have and with it we can elevate ourselves and the world we live in.

I chose to be a Civil Engineer because...

I chose to pursue this discipline because it combined my love of math, my advocacy of environmental issues, and my interest in science and structures. Initially, I had no idea just how many doors Civil Engineering would open for me, but I knew that this STEM degree would equip me with the knowledge and skills I needed to unlock a future of research, discovery, and innovation in the topics that I was most passionate about. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I was able to learn how broad the Civil Engineering discipline was and how many possibilities it held that would allow me to engineer a better world. Whether it be through the concrete in a driveway, the storm drainage system in a neighborhood, the bridges that people drive on, or the high-rise buildings that people work in, I learned that Civil Engineers contribute to making people’s lives easier, more efficient, and of higher standard.

I want others to know...

Don't let yourself believe that there is anything you cannot do or be. You are in the driver's seat and it is you who will decide which direction you will steer. Look within yourself and search for the voice that inspires you and the purpose that will drive you. Once you've found those, keep striving. Use every resource at your disposal, open your mind to every path that opens for you, and surround yourself with people that will support you but also keep you in line if you get lost or forget. Most importantly, don't let yourself despair if you happen to fall, but use your falls to catapult yourself to new highs. Lastly, remember that while you may not be in control of what happens to you or what things come your way, you are completely in control of trying your absolute best!

My STEM education has helped me ...

Throughout my years as an undergraduate student, I have learned to value knowledge, integrity, and perseverance. Pursuing a challenging STEM degree has taught me to be headstrong in the face of obstacles and to always be in search of the next best solution. Not only that, but it has instilled in my heart the notion of giving back and contributing to the benefit of people and things external to myself. It has taught me that the future is about more than just where I’ll be working from 9 to 5 or what kind of house or car I’ll have. The future is about a vision of change that touches everyone and lifts up our world. It is about seeing that vision and defying all odds to turn it into reality. Lastly, pursuing a STEM field has taught me that success is not defined by what an individual attains for themselves, but by the effort they have put forth to make positive change around them.

This is My Story

Growing up, I was never the kid people looked at and said, "she is going to be an engineer." I always loved school, being creative, and doing projects for my classes, but there was not one specific subject or career that I really saw myself pursuing beyond grade school. That was mainly because I had yet to discover who I was and what kind of person I wanted to be. It wasn't until my last years of high school that I really became serious about this search. It took a great deal of searching, reading, asking, and praying for me to discover myself and my purpose. Once I found this, It wasn't too difficult to find a career path that would combine my interests, strong suits, and goals. Even after choosing to pursue Civil Engineering, though, there were times when I sat with myself and questioned, "why did I think I could be an engineer?" My answer to that question today is, "Don't second-guess yourself, that's just what it feels like to be a game-changer!" Looking back at that decision, it seems almost as though Civil Engineering found me and not the other way around! My takeaway message for anyone reading this is: search sincerely for your purpose and once you find it, don't let anything convince you to give up trying. Even if you don't reach the place you thought you were headed, know that what you find might just be better than what you could've pictured.

Hobbies and interests

Readinglearningspending time with familydrawingcraftingwalking in the parkoutdoor activitiesnature

What skills have been most important to your career?

self-discipline, perseverance, self-motivation, dedication, patience, empathy, communication, honesty

Examples of Projects I've Worked On

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