Major: Mechanical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
What made you want to be involved in Engineering?
My dad was a civil engineer and he encouraged engineering from an early age, but I didn’t want to have a nerd job. In high school, I came to IUPUI for POWER Camp, an engineering camp for high school girls. It made me realize engineering was creating, designing, and perfect for me. I fell in love with this downtown Indianapolis campus. I’ve been a POWER camp counselor for three years now. It’s so much fun
What are you involved in on campus?
I’m involved in Women’s Engineering Network, which is a program we founded that connects Freshmen and Sophomore engineering students to upper classman peer mentors and hosts monthly social and professional development events. Additionally I’ve been involved with Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Shell Eco-marathon Teams, Purdue Grand Prix Girls’ Team, TA-ing Thermodynamics, and mentoring a local elementary school robotics team. Each organization has had its own rewards and I’ve learned so much from each one. I’ve had a wide variety of opportunities here.
Post Grad Plans
I have a job and want to work in industry for a couple of years before coming back for either my MBA or my Masters in Engineering, depending on where my career is at that time.
What was your most enjoyable year?
I can’t say senior year quite yet. Junior year was a lot of fun. I was very busy, stayed involved, and classes clicked. It was a good year! Freshman year was a bunch of intro classes that aren’t fun, sophomore year you start getting into your major classes, junior year is when it all came together.
Looking back, what are the ways in which IUPUI has shaped you?
IUPUI has given me so many opportunities to get involved. I got to work with the community. I also got involved within the School of Engineering and Technology. All my involvements were supportive of my major, so it really helped develop both my career and myself as a person.
What advice do you have for underclassman?
Get involved early because you can get into leadership positions sooner, and that looks great on your resume. But also don’t be afraid to say no! There is a point where you are just too busy. I told myself this year I would drop a lot of stuff and senior year would be so chill. But for everything I dropped, I picked up something else. It just keeps going, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Also, use a calendar/planner religiously and try to get your homework done a couple days before it is due. It saves you a lot of stress.
How do you spend your free time?
To relax, I either hang out with friends or just Pinterest or Netflix. Chill time is necessary.
What’s one of your favorite spots on campus?
I like the ET lobbies. There’s a lot of great study nooks. There’s always people walking by, always someone to talk to. But you can also just zone out and do homework pretty easily.