My name is Stefanos Jerjees. I’m an Iraqi-Chaldean American, that was born in Greece, I have lived in America for over 17 years. I made the choose between chemical and civil engineering and took the path of civil because I always had this idea of improving my community around me and I thought being a part of improving the infrastructure in this country was a good way of doing that. I am the Steel Bridge captain and my job is creating a design of a bridge that can handle 2500 lbs. of load. My role is to also manage a team and teach them SAP 2000 to analyze the design they individually created. What I like about ASCE is that everyone is the same major and it feels like a family, not everyone is your best friend, but there is an atmosphere of everyone trying to help each other out like a family. ASCE for me is a way to find different pathways to get to a career that you can be proud of, being able to know connection and put yourself out there is key in looking to establish a career and ASCE is a ideal resource to have in order to do just that. I just recently got an internship at Caltrans and I hope this will be a large steppingstone of a solid career I can be proud of. Before I transferred to State, I had my statics professor, who worked at Caltrans, look at my resume and said he strongly recommend joining a club and ASCE seemed like a place that was more of a family rather than just an organization.