Ashley's Open Road


    San Ramon, CA


Environmental Engineer

“You'd be really surprised at how well you can perform when you push yourself-because you don't know that you're not good at it…you don't necessarily have to be the straight-A student, you don't have to be perfect all the time…be human, be yourself and a lot of the time that's more than sufficient.”


Engineering Numbers


Doubt Education Money & Financial Security Planning Pride Support & Encouragement Experience Opportunity Family Values Focus Fulfillment Simplicity Perseverance Societal Pressures Exploration Hard Work Self-Reflection


Accomplishing Goals


chemical engineering, Chevron, childhood, comfort zone, cooking, difficulties, engineering, family, financial aid, friendship, having fun, internship, law, liberal arts, math, plans, relationships, resume, scholarship, science


  • When she was in middle school, her dad made her draw up a résumé, make a plan for her future.
  • Thought she had a set path, but hit a few bumps: left University of Washington for financial reasons, didn't like her chemical engineering major.
  • Got an internship at Chevron that reignited her interest, pushed her through her education.
  • Says she had difficulty learning theory in college, but once she got a job, put theories into practice, it all fell into place.
  • Recommends college students take physical science/math classes, says the analytical thinking aids you in any career.
  • Stresses importance of finding a job you enjoy, where you can have fun with your work colleagues.
  • Her family didn't fully understand her major or her job, but saw it made her happy and stayed supportive.
  • Says she's encountered sexism-people tell her engineering "is for guys"-but she refuses to let those comments "get her down."

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