Liliana Melo Professor Lucy Sardell CEP 121.2264 October 5, 2006 About Me My name is Liliana Melo, also known as Lili. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I studied Metallurgical Engineering at La Libre University – Bogotá, so I got my Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1995. After graduation, I worked at four different Colombian companies over nine years. The biggest and more amazing job experience that I have ever had was when I had the opportunity to bring my services to the COLOMBIA NATIONAL NAVY as a Navy Officer. That experience not only offered many positive things in my life, but also enhanced and strengthened my skills, behavior, and knowledge on Welding, Non Destructive Testing and Management. In August 2004, I came to New York beginning not only to study English because I did not know how to speak English, but also I wanted to come back to college to enhance my administrative knowledge and skills. So I studied at American Language Communication Center (ALCC) for one and half years. In August 2005, I began to study engineering science at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to validate my career and continue improving my English. Nonetheless, I changed my plans because I recognized what I needed in my professional career was to know more about management, marketing, business organization, and principles of accounting according to American laws. Therefore, I decided to transfer to LaGuardia Community College in order to begin studying Business Administration in fall 2006. The college gave me 30 credits from my studies of Metallurgical Engineering. Now, I am an evening student who is completing 65 credits of Business Administration. While college is in session I don't have time to stay with my hobbies. I usually like to listen to music and go to the movies. However, my primary interest is, of course, reading because I can enlarge my vocabulary. I love to read books written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Paulo Coelho. I like to do sport activities like swimming, walking, doing spinning, and bowling. When I have some minutes, I fill out crosswords, Suduko and jigsaws because they are very good ways to keep the brain active. Finally, I like gardening during spring time as an outdoor activity. During my academic and professional career, I have received academic awards and scholarships due to my dedication to work, devotion, and loyalty toward people and myself. Perhaps, working in the Colombia National Navy was one of the biggest accomplishments of my professional career because it was very difficult to work and prove your skills and knowledge because the Navy was a place established for men primarily. So I needed to work doubly and hard in order to find professional respect and creative ideas. During my time in the Navy, I had the opportunity to work as project manager of institutional projects so I could design, build, and implement a Welding School in “COTECMAR” (2003) and a Metrology Laboratory in “COTECMAR” (2004). When I finished these projects, I felt proud of myself because they were projects that not only would help people to get new knowledge and technology, but also the Institution would grow technologically and academically. The other thing that I feel satisfaction is to have prepared and instructed courses on Nondestructive Testing; Welding Codes as AWS, API, and ASME Section V and IX, and I have taught rules, technical standards or statutory regulations and requirements specific to the type of survey in accordance with ABS, Lloyd´s Register, Bureau Veritas y Germanischer Lloyd´s. Through these academic activities, I could help many welding and inspection workers to work in a better way and understand their jobs and responsibilities in the marine industry. As a result, I received the “Almirante Padilla" Naval Merit Order in 2004 because I demonstrated outstanding military spirit, discipline, comradeship, dedication to work, good results under instruction, Command Staff capabilities, scientific research, and eminent services. To me, studying Business Administration is a new path to walk in my life because it will help me to strengthen my knowledge and management skills to acquire the financial management of a small business and organizations, methods of evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities, and training in how to manage a small business in order to open my own business in engineering services in the future. Also, I hope to lead to an Associate in Science (AS) degree, and to continue my education to complete not only a second bachelor degree, but also a master degree in Business Management. Likewise, I would like to become acquainted with the various functional areas of business such as management, marketing, business law and accounting; and to fortify my management skills: conceptual skills, human relation skills, and technical skills, in order to continue growing personally and professionally. As I said in the beginning, I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and I have lived in NYC for two years. I am a metallurgical engineer from La Libre University (Colombia), and I have worked in my career for almost 9 years in Colombia. Now, I am student of Business Administration at LaGuardia Community College because I want to improve my management skills, administrative knowledge and English in order to apply my career in this country since it is very important for me to continue studying and working … it is part of my life. By studying Business Administration, I will able to complement my technical skills from Metallurgic Engineering and my management skill from Management Business; so in the future, I will be able to open my own business in engineering services and bring my experience to the education.