The College of Engineering Student Stories

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UTA architectural engineering student Parker Jones stands on the sidewalk outside Nedderman Hall.

Meet Parker

Architectural engineering is not a very common major and UTA is one of the few schools that offers it. It’s close to home for me and cost-friendly and I knew I’d get a good education here. It’s a great school, very diverse, so why go into debt when I can get all I want here?

I transferred from Dallas College. It was a bit of a challenge at first, but I found things to do and I have a great support system. I’ve made friends, but like most engineering majors I’m consumed with school. There are lots of outlets, like tutoring, that I didn’t get at the community college.

I participate in PLTL, which is a group study session where the group studies together with a tutor guiding the discussion to make sure everyone’s on the same page. We’re all in the same boat – if one person doesn’t understand something, it’s pretty likely that someone else in the group does. I’m also hoping to join the Society of Women Engineers soon because I’m all about women in STEM!

My architectural engineering courses are my favorite classes. They are challenging but fun. They will definitely help me in the future because they challenge me in the best way possible. I feel like I’m learning and doing what I want to do. It’s good to be with people who are interested in the same things I am because it motivates me to always work to be better.