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Jillian Edwards

Kingston, Jamaica
Jillian Edwards


Civil Engineering – May 2020 

Short-Term Goals

My short term goals revolve around challenging myself in all realms of my life as my final year as an undergraduate comes to a close. Pertaining to academics, I am striving to complete my coursework and graduate summa cum laude. Publishing research that I have been working on for the past few months is also an important goal of mine.

As a leader on campus, I hope to give one hundred per cent of my effort into leaving a lasting impression on campus and serving the students who either reside on the residence halls that I serve as a Resident Advisor, or those who are a part of various student organizations that I am involved with.

Recently, I have taken an interest in expressive writing, and want to focus on expanding my collection of reading books in hopes of not only gaining new knowledge, but improving my writing skills.

As I transition into a full-time professional, one of my most important goals is ensuring that I find a career which allows me to apply all the skills that I have learned as a Civil Engineering student, but one that also has a direct positive impact on disadvantaged communities or the currently jeopardized environment.

I have always cherished the connections and relationships that I have established with people I come across in life, and so, lastly, in my final year of college, I want to spend as much time with the friends and mentors I have met in Chicago who mean so very much to me. 

Long -Term Goals

I am a firm believer in the saying "To whom much is given, much is expected". My main mission in this lifetime is to ensure that I absorb as much knowledge about the world as I can, and then combine it with the skills I have been afforded to learn in order to make a positive impact on society.

Eventually, my professional and personal life goal is to work on combating and mitigating the effects of climate change on low-lying coastal communities being threatened by sea-level rise. Whether it is working directly on the construction of coastal structures that actively reduce coastal erosion, or working in the renewable energy sector to reduce carbon emissions, I know that fighting climate change is one of the few ways in which I want to make an impact on the world.

There are also practices that I have now that I hope to manifest into goals by continuing them for the rest of my life. I will strive to maintain a specific fitness level depending on the stage of life that I am in, and hope to be involved in dancing for as long as I possibly can.

Starting a family and being able to see as much of the world as possible are also goals which I hope to achieve sometime in the future.

Personally, I will always strive to be more compassionate and understanding, and this is one goal that I hope to make daily progress towards for the duration of my lifetime.

Leadership Experience

  • Treasurer , Tau Beta Pi - Present
  • Resident Advisor - 2017/18 - Present
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Tutor, ARC - 2018/19
  • Secretary, National Society of Black Engineers - 2018/19
  • Secretary, Structural Engineers Association IIT - 2018/19
  • Director, Illinois Tech Finance Board - 2017/18
  • SOAR Leader - 2017/18
  • SGA Senator - 2016/17