Do Engineers have a life?

<p>A lot of people always say Engineer majors have no life. Just wanted to hear from some people in college as ill be applying in a year. Either way im going to do some engineering and i just want to know.</p>

<p>Engineering is a difficult and time-consuming subject. It essentially becomes your life during your college career. That said, it can be really fun if you enjoy it, or really boring if you don't.</p>

<p>At times it can be frustrating but it'll be worth it in the end.</p>

<p>I disagree with j89. As long as you manage your time reasonably well, you can have a life. I attended every home basketball game except two and every home football game except one during my time at UIUC as an engineering major. I also made several road trips to basketball and football games, I went out on weekends, I occasionally went out on a weeknight here and there (not very often) and still had a good enough GPA to get into graduate school. It can be done with intelligent time management. You just have to know how long you take to accomplish what you need to have done and get it done so you can have time to have a life.</p>

<p>Oh, and I had plenty of time for a handful of road trips and to date my future wife. You can have a life. It isn't that bad. Just don't be dumb and party 5 nights a week.</p>

<p>You will work harder than most majors but you can still have a life. There will be times you will have to sacrifice and miss events, but it part of the territory. You'll figure it out.</p>

<p>I had a 3.6 in ME and still enough time to log 100+ days playtime in Final Fantasy Online. So technically no, I didn't have a life. But the potential was certainly there!</p>

<p>I graduated with a high GPA in engineering, and had a blast in college. I worked hard and played hard. I would do it all over again if I could!</p>

<p>I met my future husband in grad school. We took Prestressed Concrete Design together. He was a much more serious student than I was, so I was always dragging him off to have fun. My grades in the class weren't so great the first part of the semester, and he was worried enough that he thought about talking to my parents! He didn't, and I ended up with A in the class while he got a B. I still remind him of that.</p>

<p>I had a sub-3.0 gpa while I was an undergrad. There were many reasons, some not entirely under my control, such family problems. I went to a fair amount of parties, and participated in some ECs, during my freshman and sophomore years. However, over time, I spent more time not just on classes, but in the department computer facility, and a research lab for computer networking.</p>

<p>On the general subject of having a life, it depends on what that is for you. Some people don't really need to do much outside of engineering, because it is sufficiently fun and engaging that they don't really feel the need to do much else. I sense that I am a little different than some engineers I've known, in that regard, because at times I have felt just as drawn to some of my other passions, such as dancing and singing. I find it difficult to maintain a high degree of proficiency in all three, at least relative to my peers.</p>

<p>I went to a top tier engineering school, played a varsity D3 sport, and still had time for "fun". You had to manage your time well, if not (and I didn't a couple of semesters) it was a disaster. But I learned to manage my time and in doing so picked up a valuable skill for my professional career as an engineer.</p>

<p>My Senior in Mechanical Engineering is extremely busy ,but he has a life -he just doesn't have a lot of free time .</p>

<p>I am sure, like a lot of things, it entirely depends on a lot of factors, and no one can tell you what it will be like for you. </p>

<p>It will depend upon
1. Your actual abilities (innate aptitude, prior preparation, and study habits/time management)
2. The hurdles in front of you (depending upon which school you go to in terms of workload, grading policy, peers)
3. What kind of GPA you feel you need and the priority you give that GPA (some are happy with passing, some aim for 3.0, some will not stop working if they can't ensure a 3.5 and above).</p>

<p>I'm a CS major who takes the maximium unit load possible with a part-time job on the weekends. I feel like I still have some time on my hands too and I'm guilty of procrastinating. I'm don't go out that much not because my workload slows me down, it's because I choose not to. If you didn't have a part-time job you'd have your weekends open with more time on your hands than I do. I have a 3.6 GPA.</p>

<p>The bottom line is, you have to know the material. Just because you studied 10 hours for a test doesn't mean you know the material. Don't trick yourself... if there are "fuzzy" areas don't just skip it and hope it's not on the test! You have to study smart too. When you attend lectures, you get a feel for what your professor is most interested in and there is no surprise that what he's interested in will appear on the test.</p>

<p>With this being said, I believe that any engineering student can have a life if they want to. The ones who complain that they don't have lives are the ones who don't take the program seriously or sadly don't have friends to hangout with.</p>

<p>Not gonna lie dude, for me if I want to try my hardest to get A's in every course, I won't have a social life. The only free time I have I spend in the gym (~10 hours a week), other than that I barely have time to do anything. I also work 12-14 hours a week in a lab.</p>

<p>depends how smart you are...there are some people in engineering who just need to go to class and do the homework to understand the material. for me, on the other hand, i have to put in way more hours than the average student to even begin to understand some of the stuff, so no, i don't have time for anything else...if you don't like engineering don't do it, because at some point it will become your life</p>

<p>I got like 3.9+ gpa, I still have a life... but then I usually find myself watching eecs lectures on youtube during my free time, so ultimately, I have no life....</p>