What made you decide to choose your specific major?
In High School, I was always that kid that loved to do all of the physics and math classes, and generally was just very curious about how things worked. As college approached, I knew I wanted to go into an applied science field, but wasn’t sure which one to pick, so I defaulted to what I knew I liked: Physics. After getting into Purdue as a Physics major, and after talking to other students and doing more research, I realized that this major would be all theoretical, which was not what I wanted to do. So, I looked for more applied majors at Purdue, where I found Mechanical Engineering Technology; an applied sciences major with an emphasis on hands-on labs and experiences, and I knew it would be a great fit.
What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
My favorite thing about Mechanical Engineering Technology is the curriculum. It is super hands-on and gives real world experiences that will eventually help a lot in your career. My other favorite thing has to be the faculty. Every professor that I have had through my time here has been fantastic. They are approachable, willing to help, and are overall great people.
What has been one of your favorite class projects?
My favorite project was in a class called Product Design and Specification, and it was called the “Simple Machines Project.” Basically, I had to 3D model a Rube-Goldberg machine, while using proper engineering standards, as well as create engineering drawings for each specific part. More than any other project, this project has given so much applicative knowledge as to how to properly design and document products.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
Outside of academics, I am currently a part of intramural sports, a few clubs, and even have a job on campus. One club that I am a part of is the Purdue Space Program, where we create and design a small rocket for participation in a national competition. I am also a tutor for the Polytechnic Institute, where I help other students succeed in the classes that I have done well in in the past. I also play intramural soccer, football, and basketball. All of these activities have been so much fun and have given me many important interpersonal skills.
What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?
How much fun the curriculum is. Going into college, a lot of people have this idea that college is going to be only hard work and no fun. While it is true that college is challenging, the courses, and especially labs, within Mechanical Engineering Technology have a unique hands-on approach that makes learning the content very enjoyable.
What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
The best piece of advice I can give to prospective students is to not be afraid of talking to your professors. I know it is a little daunting to do, but it is worth it. They are some of the nicest people you will meet at college, and are one of the best resources you have to succeed in your courses. Also, they can be great help when it comes to networking to find internships or even just having someone to talk to.