Tour Guide at University of New Haven
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Major: Chemical Engineering
Secondary Major: ChemistryConnect
I have been working on research in UNH's Chemistry lab since May 2016. This research involves converting biomass into biofuel using a laboratory scale reactor. I have three other group members, as well as a faculty mentor, who I have had as a professor for several courses. Being able to work on a project like this exposes me to what I can expect to do in the real world after graduation. It gives me more experience with formal presentations, technical communication, teamwork and laboratory work in general, which I know I will benefit from and use in my career.
I felt at home from the moment I stepped on campus at Open House. Everyone was so friendly and energetic and I knew this was an environment I wanted to be a part of. After learning more about the university and the engineering program, I was only more interested. Being that engineering is a difficult field, I wanted a school that had smaller class sizes so that I could get help from the professors themselves. I also wanted a small/ medium sized school that would offer me large and beneficial opportunities. That is exactly what UNH had to offer! Since UNH was my first campus tour, every college I visited after compared to it, but none seemed to measure up to UNH's level.
My favorite class was Introduction to Engineering (EASC1107), which I took my first semester freshman year. In this course, students are exposed to the different engineering disciplines. The professor I had for this course was very friendly and down to earth and it was obvious that she wanted her students to learn. Having been an engineer prior to teaching, she was passionate about the subject, which engaged my learning more and solidified that I had chosen the right major. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for this course, hoping that freshmen will love it just as much as I did!
I love Buckman (the engineering building). As an engineering major, I am assigned a lot of work and projects, and having a place to do all of that definitely helps! There are many other engineering majors around (of various disciplines) so if I am struggling to understand something, I know I can always ask them for help.