August 23, 2010

Student Profile: Taliah Rashada

Construction Management

What did you enjoy most about your program?

I really liked the practical experience that I received. I feel like my classes prepared me very well for my co-ops. Also, my teachers stressed the importance of networking, which is a major component of my field.

What was your most memorable college experience (both inside and outside of the classroom)?

My most memorable Wentworth experience in the classroom was working it the labs with my classmates. I think we all learned a lot from each other, and the labs were a time where we could really interact and benefit from each other's experiences and knowledge. I feel the labs were also where we made the personal connections with each other as well, and shared some of the best laughs.

Outside of the classroom, I would have to say my whole RA experience was a memorable one.& It is how I made some of my best friends, developed my leadership skills and had a lot of fun.

What is the most important thing you learned at Wentworth - what's your biggest takeaway?

The confidence I have developed. Going into freshman year, I thought, and I had the faith that I could handle working in construction with foreman who have been working longer than I have been alive, and telling iron workers what to do, and leading a group. But now I know I can.

What did you like best about co-op, where did you do it, what was your position?

I loved being able to contribute to a project and knowing the work that I am doing is actually having an impact. I loved learning something new every day, and I loved being challenged by the work. I really enjoyed the responsibility that I was given.

I did a variety of co-op jobs, all working with Gilbane Building Company. For my first co-op, I was on a $40,000,000 warehouse renovation. It was an 80 year old building that was being converted into retail and commercial office space. For my second co-op I was in the Estimating Department working on generating cost estimates for projects and subcontractor procurement. In my last co-op, I was working on a tenant fit-up for Bank of America, which was a completely new learning experience because it was a LEED project and we had an owner's representative.

What are your future plans?

I am going to be working for Gilbane Building Company in Houston, Texas, as a project engineer. I will likely be working on NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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