Building Bridges Attending college is about learning new things, but that learning is made meaningful by the knowledge and experiences people bring to their studies. Selecting a major, for example, commonly is influenced by family and friends: An engineering major may have a family member who already is an engineer; a business major may have accumulated work experience in the business world, and so forth. It is also important to recognize that how we understand the knowledge college offers depends on past experience. Interpretation, for example, often hinges on personal factors that color our determination of what something means. From this perspective, personal experience forms the basis for building bridges to your academic work.