Overcoming Fears to Learn Incredible Things
Ever since freshman year I have been looking forward to engineering class. I couldn’t wait to start building things even though I had no idea where to even start. In the first week of class all I remember is Ms. Oropallo telling us how every tool would cut off our limbs if we weren’t super careful. This freaked me out because I’m super squeamish when it comes to things like blood and severed body parts. I was really scared to use some of the tools because of this. When we were making spoons at the beginning of the school year we had to learn how to use the band saw. I was pretty freaked out by it because Ms. Oropallo told us that it could slice through a bone like butter if we didn’t pay attention. I remember telling her that I was scared to use it and she said, “Good, you should be scared of most of the tools in here.” Not the encouragement I was looking for but I just decided that if everyone else could use it and not slice their hands off, then I could too. I have been able to use most of the tools now without being too scared. There are still some tools I don’t want to use, like the table saw and nail gun, but hopefully with practice I can feel confident enough to use them without fear of sawing off my leg or poking my eyes out.
Building a chicken coop has been a really unique experience for me. I had never really built something before this class and it has been really fun learning how to build something from the ground up. I am really proud of what my group has done so far, especially considering none of us are experienced builders. That being said we have had our struggles. The big thing my group and I just can’t perfect is measurements. We don’t know how, but somehow something is always off and has to be redone. Despite being set back by our measurement mishaps, we have gotten a lot done and have learned so much from building. I can’t wait to finish building my chicken coop and for my group to be able to see all the hard work we’ve done right before our eyes. I hope whoever buys our coop will appreciate all the work that we put into it as well.
Having an engineering class has been an amazing opportunity and I am so lucky I was able to take this class. One of the individual projects we built at the beginning of the school year was tool boxes. Ms. Oropallo told us what we needed to do, did a quick example, and set us loose. I thought it would be impossible to build a tool box all by myself, but it turned out to be pretty easy and it was really fun to make. I am still so proud of my toolbox because I built it all by myself (and maybe a lot Ms. Oropallo’s help). I am not at all an artistic person but I was able to put a beautiful design into my box by using the 3D printer. I think being able to fix things around a house is a really important skill that people should know. By having engineering class I was able to learn how to use so many different tools and I still may not know what they’re all called, but I at least know their purpose and how to use them. I don’t think I’m confident enough to fix things around my house all by myself yet, but I now have a basic understanding of what should be done so I am able to help fix it. I feel that a lot of people think learning how to build things will be super difficult and takes years to learn. While it does take years to become a great builder and to have confidence using every tool, learning how to build can be quite easy and fun when you have a great teacher and you enjoy who you’re working with. My class is a perfect example of how anyone can learn how to build and make something amazing and have fun while doing it too.