My name is Re’Nisha Clayton, and I am a senior majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Public Policy. I am 24, currently, work at the school processing post office and I commute to school every day from Douglasville. I am from a small city called Sandersville, which is in Washington County Georgia. Sandersville is two hours from Atlanta and is known as the kaolin city.
In my hometown, there are only ten stop lights. The main highway is called the “Fall Line”, which travels from Macon to Augusta Georgia. Another main road named the “Four Lane” travels through the “Fall Line” and all the stop lights. The “Four Lane” serves as the major road to travel into town to the stores, schools, and city homes. When at home, I utilize both roads because I live in the “country” which is outside city limits. In Washington County, there are no public transportation or Ubers. Everyone relies on a family or friend to get around or their own vehicle. As a child, my family traveled to Douglasville, Georgia to visit my uncle, and we took I-20 or I-75 to get there. I just remember always being fascinated by traffic being so heavy. It was always because the DOT was doing road work on those major interstates. Also, riding through downtown Atlanta, I got to see the Marta train and always wanted to ride one. This sparked my interest in wanting to improve transportation.
My goals for the course are wanting to understand another country’s transportation system. I would like to possibly think on the same level of the people who created the system they use. I would also like to learn the goods and the bad of the system. The last goal is to take the skills and things I learned in this course and become a better engineer.