What should every civil engineering student learn in their first year of college?

Ah, freshman year of college.

So much hope, so much promise.

So many things to learn.

If you had to highlight one lesson any civil engineering student should learn during their first year in college, what would you pick? What’s the essential knowledge base a young civil engineer should build on for a career in the 2020s?

Here are some highlights from a recent ASCE Collaborate discussion addressing just this issue (and be sure to log in and contribute your own memories):

Yvonne Pawtowski, P.E., M.ASCE

Engineer, Gray and Osborne Inc., Arlington, Washington

“Communication skills are key. Whether you

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