Why Study Welding? JJC Student Whitney Wardlow Tells Her Story

Why Study Welding? JJC Student Whitney Wardlow Tells Her Story


When I first started here I started out in
psychology and music. I didn’t even know we had a welding department. I didn’t know all the opportunities that were
out there. I always liked to put things together and
take things apart. I thought wielding would be a neat thing to
try because it was kind of the most dramatic aspect of the technical field that I could
think of at first. and I loved it. I sort of liked the technical aspects of art like sculptures
welding is kind of like sculpting and putting things together
and so the transition seemed pretty clear to me wielding is sort of a art where its a skill that
you have to learn its something you need practice and you can learn the techniques but you really
have to hone them like an art I enjoy wielding because it is creative it is artistic
and I’m also kind of a puzzles person and sometimes it feels like a puzzle
that you have to solve and you have to work through I choose JJC in the first place because I wasn’t sure what I to do and I think
that was a very beneficial decision in the long run since I bounce around with
majors and its also a great school because it has so many different majors
working with the state of the art technology has been wonderful its a lot easier to weld with these new and
wonderful machines and we’ve got virtual welding machine now which students who have never
welded before can practice on that I was kind of nervous coming into this department as
a woman because I came to my first welding class I was the only girl there but everybody
made me feel completely comfortable so its very good opportunity for women there is no
sexism whatsoever. what also surprised me was the atmosphere
was a lot more lad back then I thought it would be
I expected it to be very serious and very intense
and its not it can be at times but all the teachers are pretty forgiving for like myself
I had never done anything technical in my life before and they were all very very patient
and very willing to work with me my future goals are to find a job and I would
like to hopefully find a career in welding where I can use both being the technical aspects of welding as well as the artistic I think JJC will help me because its allowed
me to met a vast number of people from all different backgrounds all different personalities
and I’ve learned to become a lot more adaptable the technical department offers a lot different
opportunities you get a lot of hands-on experience doing things you’ll be doing on
the job

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