David Ecklund Blogs

Dec 16 2014

Final Thoughts

By David Ecklund

It’s happened. I am officially a college graduate. It’s weird to think that I’ve already spent four and a half years at K-State and almost a full year working at Olsson! Looking back at both accomplishments, it seems crazy when I actually think of all that I’ve done in that time. I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I’m ready for the transition from student to professional and to start the next chapter in my life.

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Oct 01 2014

Career Fair Season

By David Ecklund

This time of year is filled with football, coffee, and hoodies, but for students it also brings about one of the most stressful parts of the year: career fairs and internships. Whether you’re a freshman looking for your first internship or a senior trying to land your first job, the process can be intimidating, demanding, and overwhelming.

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Sep 03 2014

Office Life

By David Ecklund

One of my favorite parts about being on the Land Development team here in Manhattan is the wide variety of projects we get to work on. Before starting I wasn’t sure what “land development” would entail because it seemed like an all-encompassing title, which isn’t too far from the truth. This has allowed me to work on all aspects of civil design: parking lots, concrete structures, roadways, storm sewer networks, detention basin calculations, rainfall calculations, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP’s), tennis courts, earthwork and foundations, and even a project redesigning a park to include three sledding hills! This keeps the work interesting and engaging since no two projects are the same.

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Jul 30 2014

Before and After

By David Ecklund

It’s hard to believe that over SIX months ago I started working at Olsson Associates. The months have sped by as I was busy with school and on-site at projects. This milestone in my internship happens to line up with the beginning of the end of my career at Kansas State; with just one semester left I’m starting to focus on the after, not just getting to the end. With this brings some new insights and goals so I’d thought I’d share what I’ve learned and how I’m changing my mindset to focus on the after.

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Jun 23 2014

Field Work: A Day (or Two) in the Life of a Surveyor

By David Ecklund

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the chance to work on one of the most exciting projects I’ve been a part of so far here at Olsson: the Phase IV expansion for Kansas State University’s Engineering Complex. As a student, it is really exciting to be able to work on projects on your campus, but to be able to work on the building that you spend 90% of your time in as an undergrad is taking it a step further.

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May 20 2014

School to Summer

By David Ecklund

While most students look forward to the end of the spring semester with vacation plans and relaxation time in mind, I have a little bit different mindset. With one semester left, I am really starting to think about what I want to accomplish in my remaining time at K-State and here in Manhattan. Being a senior, a lot of my friends and peers graduated and moved on to the working world. The reality is quickly hitting me, that in eight short months that will be me, so I have a different set of plans going into this summer

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May 06 2014

Olsson Values

By David Ecklund

Starting as an intern at Olsson Associates, I was aware of the values that make Olsson such a great place to work. I had heard from other interns about what makes Olsson such a great place and after being here for just a few short months, I can really see how these values are incorporated into everything Olsson does. Positivity, collaboration, and high achievement are just some of the values that I immediately noticed, right away at Olsson.

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Apr 08 2014

New Perspectives

By David Ecklund

The transition from school to work can be tough, especially when trying to manage them both at the same time. As a senior, I am more than ready to start applying what I’ve learned in the classroom to a job. Although I’ve had previous work experience – since starting as an intern at Olsson Associates I’ve had a few unanticipated opportunities.

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