about me

About me and my J1 Visa experience

Hello people! My name is Victor, I’m 23 years old and I’m Brazilian. I just arrived in NY and I’m gonna tell you a little bit about me.

I am a civil engineering student currently following a double-degree program between my home university, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Brazil, and Ecole Nationale des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), a leading French engineering school located near Paris, where I chose to specialize in Structural Engineering. After three and a half years in Brazil, I am now in my third year of the master’s program in France. I was able to attend this program due to a strong academic background and great personal determination presented throughout the whole selection process.

I have some experience in the field through my previous internships. My personal background includes three summers as a civil engineering intern, two of which I spent in an engineering consulting firm, where I digitalized technical drawings of residential projects on AutoCAD and designed the adaptation of older buildings to modern fire protection standards. The remaining summer I worked in a construction company regularly monitoring the building process and assuring its quality control. Furthermore, I have worked as an engineering research intern for two years with finite element analysis and mechanical tests at the laboratory for structural studies. This has given me essential knowledge and experience concerning the behavior of structures. Apart from the internships on civil engineering, I have also worked for six months in a firm as an administrative and financial assistant, in which my main tasks were the determination of the KPI’s (Key Performance Indicator), control of incoming and outgoing of products, financial management and dealing with daily issues regarding six Adidas stores and two KFC’s stores.

I speak Portuguese, French, and English, but I love languages and I hope to learn Spanish soon. I studied English when I was a child, but after start studying French for almost 4 years, I lost a lot of fluency in English, but I believe that with some weeks at the United States I can improve my English and I think that’s not gonna be a problem for my internship year. Besides that, English is simpler than French. I hope to get fluency quickly

In this internship year, I hope that I will apply all the theoretical knowledge I have acquired and learn a lot about the practice of structural engineering, design and projects and American standards. Besides that, I think that is a unique opportunity to work with architects and engineers and see this interface, which is the basis of civil engineering.

In 5, 10 years, I hope to be working at a big company, in the United States or in Europe, as a structural engineer. Maybe in some management position. Besides that, in 20, 25 years, I think that I will go back to Brazil to help my family, my friends and maybe my country somehow. I dream about going back home someday and spend the rest of my life there.

I chose this photo because I’m feeling like a child in this city.


Victor Daldegan


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