My college experience was truly a learning experience. I began as a naive Freshman, but I believe I finally progressed into someone who learned to budget time, play hard, but also study hard. Overall college prepared me for the "working world". It gave me the tools to apply.
I was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity, played on the CSULB baseball team for two years, and was president of the Engineering student body for one year. I also participated in several intramural sports. My fondest memory at CSULB was the professors I encountered and the education I received.
I attended many student events: football and basketball games, 49er Days, Homecoming, and more. 49er Days was my favorite event and one year I entered the "quick draw" contest. I did not win, but I was runner up.
My favorite hangout on campus was the cafeteria. That's where everyone seemed to congregate before heading out to the next class.
Professor Willard Reed, who eventually became the Chairman of the Engineering Department, had the most impact on me as a student. He was a "practical" man, who always used a common sense approach to solving problems. I had a few engineering classes with him. He was always aware of the students’ needs and took the time to explain solutions to complicated problems.
I believe I received the engineering basics from the curriculum I had at CSULB. I can remember my first job after graduation and how I applied what I had learned to the project I was working on.
After graduation, I worked for the City of Garden Grove. From there I worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (30 years), and finally at the Port of Oakland (10 years). All these assignments were as a Civil Engineer in the design, construction, and eventually supervision of various projects.
I eventually retired in 2008. My wife and I continue to travel over the world. I am a member of Sons In Retirement (SIRS) and participate it their activities (mostly golf).
The tools I received from my education at CSULB provided me with the basis for succeeding in the engineering profession.
In my opinion, The Beatles clearly were the musical group with the best songs of the sixties. The most profound experience for me while at CSULB was the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I will never forget that day. I learned about the assassination while getting dressed after a PE class. The news was being televised in the cafeteria. It was truly a somber day.
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