School: University of Texas at Tyler
Anticipated graduation date: May 2017
What drew you to Sundt?
The employees. Everyone who works here wants to be here. The atmosphere makes me want to strive for greatness. There are also great benefits. The ESOP alone is a great benefit. It’s good knowing that everyone, including myself, is an owner of this company and contributes to making it great.
What have you learned about the real world of construction that surprised you?
The number of requirements that must be met that are stated within a contract. I was aware of some basic requirements that must be met but I was introduced to many others. This summer has taught me that one of the most important parts of a job is the contract you sign for it. Each team member should know that contract from start to end.
How have you benefited by working with a mentor every day?
There are two areas where I have improved the most. The first is communication. This internship has taught me how to communicate properly and efficiently in this industry. The last but not least is time management. This internship has taught me how to manage and prioritize my time. Overall, this internship has helped prepare me for my future endeavors.
What’s the best book you’ve recently read?
“Start With Why” by Simon Sinek.
What’s an app you couldn’t live without?
Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Everyone fails at some point. This quote reminds me to always grow from my mistakes. If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. Analyze where you went wrong so you get it right the next time.
What advice would you give for the future interns of Sundt?
The first is to ask questions. You can’t teach yourself everything. If you aren’t sure about something, ask your mentors. They are there to help you learn and grow. Lastly, take initiative. Walk around the office or jobsite and ask if anyone needs help. The more exposure the better.