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Self Development #1

Academic Commitments:

  • Prior to Assignment: Committing 3 hours of my day for studying, I have always been committed to attain excellent grades. I really believe in the value of education and working hard to engrave the engineering fundamentals within.
  • After Reflection: Since I work 2-part time jobs during my semester, I barely have enough time to study. I have shifted my study patterns to work 6 hours on Tuesday and dedicating and 2 hours per day for the whole week. My biggest problem has been procrastination. The influx of notifications is bothersome and has been detrimental to maintain a focused mind-set during this online mode of learning.

Spiritual Level:

  • Prior to Assignment: When my step dad passed away on July 11th, 2017, I was stunned. I never believed that he would die of a such a young age and without any underlying medical cause. He simply never woke up. It was at this moment that I took an oath to pray all required 5 prayers and on time. Initially, I was extremely punctual. I focused to keep myself clean to ensure that I can pray without the need to use redo my wood. Unfortunately, upon entering AUC, everything changed. Engineering majors take a lot of my time and I honestly started forgetting to pray slowly, or simply pushing them all together at the end of the day.
  • After Reflection: I downloaded an app to remind me of the prayers. Honestly, the app was useless. My phone is always on silent thus it barely created any impact whatsoever.

Time Management:

  • Prior to Assignment: No formal system to judge myself. Primarily focused tasks that needed to be finished. My priority has been primarily dedicated purely to academic commitments, family, friends, and self-learning.
  • After Reflection:  I know upload all my schedule on a google calendar with a recurring meeting for my fixed commitments which are lectures, work meetings, and research meetings. I write down all the required assignments in a yellow notepad to keep track of what I have to do to ensure that nothing is forgotten. There has been a significant improvement with respect to submitting quality assignment on time.


  • Prior to Assignment: Developmental reading was key to my development during the first 2 years in AUC. I had ambitions to run for elections therefore I focused primarily on political books such as The Prince, The Art of War, and The 48 Rules of Power.
  • After Reflection: There has been no change; however, I believe that there is need a for more technical readings needed to enhance my knowledge regarding the field. I have started downloading technical books primarily focused in the areas of construction claims and primarily focus on the domain of law in construction engineering

Published by adhamsherif99

Construction Engineering Student at AUC

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