Antonique Bradshaw

Electronics Engineering Student 
Graduate, Ben Franklin Institute of Technology
(2-year program)
Junior, Wentworth Institute of Technology

How did you choose engineering?
“When I was 18, I was working on my GED at a program that also helped people find careers they would be interested in. Since I love math, I looked under the math category in one of their career books and that’s where I saw electronics engineering. I thought it would be awesome to learn about robots and electronic equipment.”

What will you do when you’re finished with school?
“I got my associate’s degree in two years at Ben Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), and I’ll be doing another two years at Wentworth’s four-year program to get my bachelor’s. Then I want to go for my masters in electronics engineering. I’m not sure what kind of job I want yet. There are so many possibilities, so many things to do and become.”

What was your two-year program like?
“It was excellent. They gave me a chance to show my skills and what I’m capable of. There was a lot of help and support from both faculty and peers. The faculty loved to teach, and I think that’s important. And the class sizes were pretty small, so you didn’t feel neglected if you had a question. I also liked that it was culturally very diverse.”

What’s it like being a female engineering student?
“I guess I was kind of worried about going to school with mostly men, but it turned out to be excellent. I made a lot of great friends, both men and women.”

What extracurricular activities have you been involved in?
“In my two-year program, I was president of student government, a peer tutor, and treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa (an honors society). I also did a lot of speeches for special events at the school. It’s funny that I did so much. When I came into BFIT, I wasn’t really the talkative type, but the school helped me be more sociable.”

Do you have any hobbies?
“I like to paint and I like to read. My friends and I like to go out and play pool and paintball. And I like to fix things . . . I can’t forget that!”

What would you say to someone who thinks she can’t afford engineering school?
I had no money going into college and I still have no money, and here I am graduated and on my way to a four-year college. I don’t think anyone should really worry too much about money. There are plenty of scholarships out there that you can apply for.”


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