Engineering Ambassador at University of Dayton
Class of 2021
Hometown: Muncie, IN
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Biomechanical Engineering - Human Movement Studies
I am the oldest of 23 grandchildren on my Dad's side of the family.
This is a very tough question because I have so many great memories from the year that I have already completed at UD. I would have to say that my favorite is competing in a battleship tournament with my friends though. We were in a canoe trying to sink the other teams before they could sink us, but our team could not steer. I was given the five-gallon bucket for our team, but there was no way that I was going to be able to fill it completely, haul it out of the pool, and then throw it into an opponents canoe without tipping my team's canoe. We ended up tipping our own canoe, but it was a fun activity with my friends anyways.
A piece of advice that I would give to an incoming student is to make some sort of connection with your professors. The faculty and staff are kind and they all want you to succeed. Plus, you never know when a professor is going to search you out for a job or research opportunity, or you may want someone to write a letter of recommendation at some point. The best letters of recommendation come from professors who have gotten to know a little about what you are passionate about and what you like to do outside of the classroom.
I chose UD because of the atmosphere that the people and campus create. The University is warm and welcoming, and it was the right size for me. UD allowed me to pursue my choice of major while providing me with an environment that I felt comfortable calling home for four years.