Gen-Z; Engineering student; animal lover; self-proclaimed writer

Introduction — some basic bits and bobs

Me, clowning around, circa 2019

Hi! My name’s Dagmara, but most people can’t pronounce it very well and call me Mara for short. Currently, I’m studying Engineering. If all goes well, I will be a qualified Engineering Technician by Summer 2021. Right now, I’m unemployed because I left my last job as a PA due to sexual harassment.

I’m a first-generation immigrant as I was born and raised in Poland until I moved to the UK with my parents some years ago. …


Crushing the expectations and misconceptions about the contents of engineerings qualifications

As some of you might know, I’m studying engineering.

And don’t tell my future employers, but personally, I didn’t really know what engineers do or need to know up until a year before starting the qualification.

And I think it’s like that with many people because usually when I mention engineering in a conversation people either assume I’m studying to be an architect or a mathematician.

So I’ll tell you a little about the things they teach future engineers!

I’m still in my first year, and so far we have 9 different areas we need to master (or at least…


If you feel like you want to get a degree from a British university understanding the UCAS system is crucial

The official UCAS logo

If your dream is to study at one of the British universities, it’s very likely that you’ve heard of something called UCAS points. Whether that be from a teacher, a friend, or a website, they all refer to the same thing.

UCAS points or UCAS Tariff points are numerical values given to certain qualifications. The number of points will vary depending on the qualification type, length, and grades you have achieved.

If you’re wondering how many UCAS points a qualification that you are studying (or maybe that you want to study) is worth, you can do that on the official…


My struggle with accepting life without Wi-Fi

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Today I woke up to a text from my dad, telling me our Wi-Fi is going to be off for the next two weeks.

The amount of sheer terror that shocked my body!

I frantically started switching the Wi-Fi on my phone on and off in the hope to muster a couple of megabytes more from my router. Of course, I know very well this is not how it works. But that fact didn’t seem to affect my irrational behaviour in the slightest.

I was terrified. I knew that I had at least another 8GB of data on my phone…


Why you shouldn’t save on bottled water

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Many people seem to think that buying bottled water is a scam created to steal their money. After all, why would you want to pay for something you have at home?

Here are 3 harmful substances commonly found in tap water.

Arsenic

Most associate arsenic with an outdated type of poison. That’s pretty much what it is. Arsenic is a highly toxic metalloid found in air, water, and land.

Consumed in large quantities it can cause death. When consumed in smaller amounts and over a longer period of time, it can cause a multitude of health issues, including cancer, liver conditions…


Setting the minimum wage depending on the age of the employee is a scam

As some of you might know, I live in the UK. And here we pay people not based on their skills, qualifications or experience, but on how many years of cruel life they endured so far.

The table below shows how the minimum wage differs for people of different ages.

Minimum wage according to gov.uk

Now, let’s have a look at that, shall we.

The average cost of monthly rent in the UK is about £700 monthly so £8400 anually. That is without bills of course.

A person over the age of 25 will earn about £16,000 annually. So 52.5% …


Will the new aircraft become the change we need in tackling the climate crisis?

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Climate change has been at the forefront of the public eye in the last couple of years. Recently, there has been a breakthrough in the aviation sector that could help us greatly limit our emissions.

The aviation industry is thought to be responsible for around 2% of all CO2 (excluding non-human-induced emissions), and about 12% of emissions from transports altogether. ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) predicts that aviation CO2 emissions will grow by 3% to 4% year-over-year thereafter.

Otto Aviation is a startup founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of developing a prodigal aircraft that would revolutionize the way…


The most important feature of the MPP that newbies don’t know about and the veterans overlook

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Medium is a complex platform. The developers try their best to ensure that both the writers and readers alike stay satisfied. This is essentially what keeps Medium afloat.

Medium earnings are based on a multitude of factors. If you wish, you can find out more about MPP in the article below:

We have all heard about Medium writers who earn hundreds — better, thousands — of dollars!

Most of us have probably wondered at one point or another, how do I make my article go viral so I can get to where they are.

I mean, considering that Medium pays…


A collection of life lessons provided by Medium

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Networking is everything

If there is one thing that really helped me to put myself out there and be noticed it’s networking. I reached out to other authors. I messaged them or commented on their work. I engaged with their content and made sure I either showed them the appreciation they deserve or provided some constructive criticism.

That’s how I earned my place in the first publication I published my work under. And that’s how I reached out to a broader audience and propelled myself towards my goals.

Many other things work like that in life. You need to know people and if…


Some of my observations about Medium and life in general

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been brought up with the idea that if you work hard you will achieve great results and it will pay off.

Quality over quantity and all of that crap.

We are bombarded with this sort of messages all the time. In school, at work, from family, friends, and especially from the media.

But it’s not true.

Dagmara Sajdak

Self-proclaimed writer. Engineering student. Trying to find my way and hopefully help many people on their journey.

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