Name: Jonathan Orozco
Major: Electrical Engineering
School: San Diego City College
Why did you choose a STEM major?
In middle school I wanted to make my own boombox. I wanted to know how speakers worked and how batteries worked. My mom worked at an electronics company and she took things apart and put them back together. I picked up on that. A school counselor helped me realize that electrical engineering would be a good major for me.
Have you ever considered leaving your STEM major?
I considered leaving electrical engineering for other STEM majors, but I know that I’m really interested in electrical engineering because of the projects that I do at home with light and sound.
What keeps you motivated to stay in STEM?
I admire Nikola Tesla because he made inventions to help humanity. As a humanist, I want to use my knowledge in electrical engineering to better humanity.
What is your favorite study habit?
When I first read a chapter, I like to go through and highlight elements. For example, I use purple for equations, yellow for concepts, blue for vocabulary, or pink for outside references. That way if I’m looking for a vocabulary word, I know that I can just scan for blue. I also color codes the notes that I take in class. It’s easy to find stuff in my notes. I also usually look for a video of a topic before coming to class. Even if I don’t understand everything, I get familiar with the subject.