Ivan and his twin brother Tomas are about to enter Senior Year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As for many other students, the twins’ final summer and college year are dedicated to looking beyond graduation and into their future career.
This past summer, I interned for Cesaroni Design Associates immediately after finals ended. The work I was doing isn’t directly related to my field of study (Nuclear Engineering), but I enjoyed it and value the experience. I personally appreciated working in a slightly different field and outside of my comfort zone while being surrounded by individuals who did work closely with engineering (they were industrial engineers and designers). Additionally, I was able to get first hand experience in the workplace as this was my first ever internship, and I learned how to communicate and work in a team-based setting.
During and after my internship, I was training for this upcoming fall rugby season. As a senior on the Illinois Men’s Rugby team, I have a vital leadership role, which I have already stepped up into for several months. This will also be my 3rd year as a starter (I became a starter after playing collegiate rugby for just one year), so I will have to bring in confidence and experience. This is by far the greatest I’ve ever felt for a season, so I’m confident it will be a good one. As the only unfunded and non-coached team in the Big 10, we’re ready for an underdog story in both the fall and spring seasons.
On that note, I also feel the most confident about managing my academics and athletics. My past three years of college contained both highs and low, and I am very grateful for both. There were many learning experiences, all for my positive development as a scholar and a person. I look forward to learning more about the senior level topics in engineering, as I have grown more interested in nuclear engineering since I was a freshman. For this reason, I am more excited than ever to embark on another school year. With academics, rugby, and also playing a lead role in my fraternity as founding father and social chair, I believe this year will prove to be the best. Fight on Illini.
HEAR Class of 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign