Simon V. Hradil-Kasseckert

About

Simon V. Hradil-Kasseckert

Mechanical engineering undergraduate student and holistic lifestyle advocate.

Balance is an important element of life. As a mechanical engineering student with a passion for new experiences, I am constantly adapting my approach to holistic living. Regardless of my current circumstances, I try to balance my long-term goals with things that make me happy in the present moment.

For the last four years, I’ve been introducing myself as a “mechanical engineering undergraduate student”, but like my approach to leading a balanced life, I’ve realized that my identity is transient as well. Today, a better-suited introduction is that I am a “mechanical engineering undergraduate student who is interested in self-development, endurance athletics, and adventure”. 

The constants in who I am are the personality traits I’ve developed through my unique experience of life. Growing up with a loving family in Nelson, BC I was naturally inclined to curiosity, always wanting to learn how things work, how they were designed, and how they were made. My long and arduous journey with anxiety, transitioning from avoiding it in elementary school to putting language to it and, now, to embracing it, has given me self-awareness. And, commitment to long-term goals like my degree or endurance fitness has allowed me to manifest ambition naturally as I have learned to navigate and overcome adversity. 

My time is typically devoted to my studies, personal projects, and fostering social connections. However, I recently decided to spend a year away from the classroom to add to and diversify my experiences as a person, not just as a student. I am spending two-thirds of my “year away from the classroom” working as a mechanical engineer in industry and will spend the remaining third traveling from Victoria to Montreal by bicycle.