thanx for the reply. i have a meeting with a civil engineer later this week,its not ME but its still engineering. i relate to all the things you said such as the open ended questions and the strengths. i just thought of another question i would like to ask everybody, how important is it when picking a university, right now i'm at a community college getting a transfer degree and a lot of my ME requirements, but in less than a year i will need to pick a university-any tips for choosing. oh and i live in washington by the way if that matters.