My experience with the AE senior thesis program was not similar to most others. After the first semester's work, I unfortunately had to postpone my research and studies with the senior thesis in lieu of focusing more on personal matters at the time.
The report took me almost two years to complete because of this. I am very happy that the work is now completed, and I am also happy to say that I am pleased with the results. The experience within the major, while difficult, I think has given me the necessary skills to compete in the workforce after my education. The collaborative aspects of the project, meeting deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, understanding and dealing with the stressors that arise from this type of work, are all things that I refined over my last two years at Penn State. I am very fortunate to have had the patience and understanding of the AE faculty during my time at Penn State, as well as their technical expertise in subjects that I required help with.
Overall, I think the completion of the Penn State AE senior thesis marks a milestone for every student, and is something that many other students from other schools may not have. This undoubtedly gives the Penn State gradauate a leg up on the competition, and that is always appreciated.
I must admit, I first thought the idea of creating and maintaing a website for thesis was abnormal. The hasty introduction to the necessary knowledge and coding of the website was done in a make-shift manner. Many of the students, including myself, were forced to take additional classes, or teach themselves how to use HTML properly. This could be improved by enouraging students to take HTML classes VERY early in their education, regardless of major. Obviously the web industry is the largest on the planet, so the skills will always be useful.
In terms of my own website, I am happy with the appearance and maintenance of it. It was a useful tool to easily convey information to my professors, and to show to future employers.
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