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thenuttyneutron

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Long hair is only acceptable when it is permed in the nuclear industry.... ;).  I am joking and don't know if long hair would keep you out.  I saw many unique things in school and it never seemed to be an issue.  I think it will matter if all other things are equal between you and a competitor for one opening.  Interviews are very subjective.  You never know if a person will have a hard spot for the most mundane reasons.  I think for now you can be yourself and when the time comes, ask your advisors for guidance.  Many of the people that teach have friends/connections in the industry and can coach you. 

Most of all have fun in school and surround yourself with as many smart and talented people as you can.  Get involved in extra-curricular activities.  You will learn more from your peers than you will from your professors.  It is good that you are thinking ahead, but don't forget about the present.

« Last Edit: Oct 15, 2006, 10:48 by Nutty Neutron »

Zewle

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Just to make sure...

This transfer engineering program would allow me to transfer to a Nuclear Engineering program right?

http://www.aacc.edu/engineering/EGR.cfm


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Long hair in and of itself is not a major "danger" signal, particularly today.  But, it will depend on the decision maker.  Six years from now you may decide you've had enough of it on your own. 

Many years ago I hired an individual with long hair (after a heated discussion with the plant manager who thought anything more than a crew-cut was too long).  The guy had already told me he intended to let it grow for as long as he had had to keep it short while in the Navy.  The plant manager and I had another heated discussion when I promoted the individual into supervision.

The day he cut his hair the plant manager asked me who is that guy.  When I told him, the manager said, "Oh yeah, he's one of your best supervisors, isn't he"?

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You'll probably need to cut your long hair.  You can always grow it back once hired as long as you're not big on promotions.  Long hair hints of anti-establishment and you are looking to work in a pretty big establishment.

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He may have to cut it later :D  He is just starting school.  I say let it ride and get it out of your system.  Don't forget, have fun at school.  You will learn and grow in many ways if you follow my advice from a previous post.  I am of the opinion that you should learn at least half of what you leave school with from non-academic related activities.

One important thing to learn is how to network.  I have old college buddies that I still keep in touch with.  These life long friends will be a valuable resource for you in the future.  Make time to talk to them.  If possible try to visit an old buddy at least twice a year.

If you like NE you should look into joining clubs like ANS or science/engineering clubs.  Find a hobby that you like and can afford.  I used to go and grab the $100 hamburger all the time in school(renting a plane and flying to a random city with friends just for fun).  If you think you can't afford to have fun, think again.  I once went to St. Louis, MO from College Station, TX with nothing but $20 in my back pocket to see the Big 12 championship in 1998.  I saw the greatest college football come back of all time and am glad I went.

Get a good camera and take lots of pictures.  These will be treasures worth more than their weight in gold when you look back. 

Don't be afraid of failure.  If you are not failing at something, you are not setting your goals high enough.

The last thing I suggest you do if you pursue NE is to watch a reactor pulse at a research reactor.  There are few things as cool as watching a reactor go prompt supercritical at the bottom of a pool ;)

Zewle

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Good things to know.


Also, another ridiculously stupid question.


EDIT: Never mind.

Man I'm psyched, I called AACCs guy incharge of the engineering, and everything sounds great.
« Last Edit: Oct 16, 2006, 11:15 by Zewle »

Zewle

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Oh yeah....


Does being an engineer require drawing ability?

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"There are few things as cool as watching a reactor go prompt supercritical at the bot
tom of a pool"....what does it look like?

thenuttyneutron

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it looks like a magnesium flashbulb going off, only the light is blue.  It also has a cool after glow (intense Cherenkov radiation) that lingers for a couple of minutes before fading away.

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Penn State has a good nuke eng program that isn't too far from you. They have a research reactor. Even out of state tuition would be much cheaper than the price you quoted earlier.

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Most of all have fun in school and surround yourself with as many smart and talented people as you can.  Get involved in extra-curricular activities.  You will learn more from your peers than you will from your professors.  It is good that you are thinking ahead, but don't forget about the present.

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