Of course I knew that it was going to be a really tough sled when I decided to study civil engineering, but there was even more to it than I expected when I got started. Math is at the cornerstone of every little thing that you need to learn, but you have to understand a lot of physics and everything about the properties of materials. At the moment I am studying the ACI Code, or the American Concrete Institute code. Working in reinforced concrete is a key element of most types of civil engineering. It is a very strong material which is relatively cheap, but there is a lot more to using it than you would expect from looking at some highway bridge for example. You have to understand the application and the stresses that are going to be working against you. A bridge is designed to carry a lot of weight and to take a lot of wear and tear, but the big enemy is really the weather. You are going to have to deal with icing properly, because that can really tear your work apart.
I am not really sure if I can make it through to the end, but if I do it is probably going to take a bit longer than I would like. Obviously this stuff is pretty hard to do and so I have to work hard to study and be sure that I learn all of the stuff that is involved. It is not going to be easy for me to make the grades and so I have decided to try to limit the number of really difficult courses that I am taking in each semester. The only way that I can really do that is to take a bit longer to complete the job.