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I think I can: Father’s encouragement helps three siblings realize engineering potential
During her childhood in Pensacola, Fla., Mary Rougeau often heard her father talk about trained engineers. He encouraged his children to consider the profession by talking about the possibilities and job opportunities available to people in the field.
But Mary’s young mind couldn’t see what was so great about click-clacking, choo-chooing, railway riding trains.
“When Dad talked about engineers, I thought he meant train engineers, like conductors. I didn’t understand why he wanted us in the railroad industry,” Mary confessed. “As I got older I realized that he had been talking about engineering, and after a little bit of research I thought he might be on to something.”
Like her twin brother Ryan, and their younger sister Rebecca, Mary has a love for math, science and problem solving, which made engineering a logical career choice. So, by the time the older Rougeau siblings were ready to think about college they didn’t worry as much about choosing a major as they did choosing a university.
“Back home, everything was Florida, Florida State or Alabama. I had never heard of Mississippi State until a high school friend enrolled,” Ryan explained. “Suddenly we were hearing stories about what a great school it was and what a beautiful campus it had, so we scheduled a visit.”
He added, “Other universities I visited felt crowded. You walked off of campus and were in the middle of a big city where things were very busy and very fast. Some people like that, but I prefer the slower pace that I found here at State and in Starkville. The people are friendlier and I’ve loved Mississippi State since my first visit to campus.”
Now, three years after joining the Bulldog family, seniors Ryan, electrical engineering, and Mary, biological engineering, can fully understand why their dad thought engineering was a good career choice. Having found specific majors to fit their individual interests, they are both looking forward to the opportunities their respective degrees will provide.
And their love of the Bulldogs, the Bagley College of Engineering and MSU’s Starkville campus left little doubt as to where the youngest of the three siblings would choose to earn her degree. Rebecca just finished her freshman year in electrical engineering and looks forward to everything she has left to experience in her time at State.
“I love the atmosphere here. Everyone is so friendly and the facilities are so nice,” Rebecca said. “Ryan and Mary kind of led the way, but I’m glad they did. I love the campus, I enjoy my classes, and I’m proud to be a Bulldog.”