When I've had questions, I've had professors, mentors and fellow students help me work through them.
"I wanted to go to a liberal arts University but one that offered engineering. Until I heard about Bucknell, I thought my only options were really big state schools that were good in engineering, but would not offer the environment and the individual attention that I wanted.
"Coming to Bucknell, I was expecting to be comfortable with professors, to not be afraid to ask questions, to be open with them when I'm struggling and also having friends and classmates who would care about my success. When I've had questions, I've had professors, mentors and fellow students help me work through them.
"Civil Engineering deals with structures, water systems, transportation and construction. In my environmental engineering course, we're talking about sustainability and its relationship to engineering. We're talking about waste water treatment plants and sanitation systems, and how they are continually expanding and improving in the U.S. These 'necessities' are expected in the U.S., yet if we look at developing countries, these systems are virtually non-existent.
"I have always wanted to be an activist and work with the community. Choosing my major, civil engineering, at first presented a conflict to me because I wasn't sure how it related to my dream of becoming an activist. Now I'm finding ways to connect what I am learning to how I can be an activist and help communities in need."
Oswaldo is from Canoga Park, Calif.Posted November 2012