If I got a penny for every time I have been asked this question, maybe I would have about $600 dollars precisely. So, I thought I would share the story and hopefully this reduces the number of times I am asked.
I'm not going to give you a basic story of how I always loved math and science. Actually my story is quite the opposite. I really wanted to be a lawyer, why? 'Cause I loved history and all the stories that were told. I enjoyed stories really, so I thought I could be a lawyer. Thinking about it now, I really have no idea why I thought that was a perfect correlation, because clearly I am more math inclined.
Anyway, I argued with my mum over a whole summer on which direction to take until she finally convinced me that engineering was for me, and I just found it too daunting to admit.
I have to admit though, I was always fascinated by how little pieces of metal on a circuit board could cause things to light up. I was always so excited to help my dad out with little projects, especially ones that involved soldering. (He's and electrical engineer as well.)
Electrical engineering isn't all about soldering; it has a lot of this, too:
On a more serious note, I chose engineering because I felt it would be the easiest way for me to make my impact on the world, no matter how small. Plus, it pays the bills when college is done.