Life is too short to live life going through the motions. For that reason, we must strive to truly “be alive” in everything we do. As engineers, we have an amazing opportunity to affect the world. However, if our work becomes merely a means for making money, we limit ourselves from impacting the world with our highest potential. Being passionate pushes to test that last idea when our failures make us feel like giving up. It pushes us to keep thinking when the world tells us it can’t be solved. It makes us question, create, and design. Aspire, advance, and achieve. It makes us real engineers.
So take the time to find your passion. Read scholarly articles and see if you find something that interests you. Apply for research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) and try something to see what you think. Seek internships and see what working in industry is like (it’s much different than academia). Try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Only by doing this, will you truly be able to figure out who you are and what your passion in life is.
As Nicholas Sparks said in his novel Dear John:
“The saddest people I’ve ever met in my life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”
Seek your passion. For it fills every member of our being, drawing us to the things we care about the most, and without it, we aren’t truly “living.”