Are you performing any research in a lab?
Yes, in Sanmay Das' computer science lab.
Why did you pick WashU?
I picked WashU for many different reasons. I loved the fact that changing majors is not difficult and that I was able to apply as an undecided engineering major and then decide what area I wanted to focus on. I also loved that the engineering curriculum had space for humanities and social sciences, something not offered at all universities, and that I would be able to take classes that interested me outside of math and science. I also loved the beautiful campus and the fact that in St. Louis I would actually experience the four seasons, having never seen snow or leaves fall in my hometown. The opportunity to join the Annika Rodriguez Scholarship Program was also one of the biggest reasons I ended up coming to WashU.
What was your favorite course and why?
My favorite courses so far have been both Engineering Math A and B. I have always loved all types of math, and these courses taught me the applications of math on top of topics I had never seen before. Both courses were also structured and organized so well that I never had to worry about exams because I was extremely prepared. I genuinely enjoyed taking both courses.
Who is your favorite instructor and why?
Martha Hasting has been my favorite instructor so far and she is also the professor that taught my favorite courses. She has always been so accessible outside of the classroom and, in my experience, going to her office hours for a couple of minutes always cleared up any doubts I had about her classes. She genuinely cares for her students and even makes an effort to learn everybody's names.
What advice would you give to a new student?
Study what sincerely interests you, because if you do not enjoy the classes you take, these four years will feel longer than they have to. Do not be afraid to go to office hours; professors genuinely want to help you. Take advantage of all the opportunities and help that WashU offers, such as extracurricular activities, summer programs, the Career Center, tutoring, etc.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
I love Art Hill. It is a beautiful place to go to relax. I also recently discovered the paddle boats you can rent from the Boat House and taking them up to the fountain in front of Art Hill is so fun.
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
Niños Cambios Puertas or the Campus Y are both great ways to give back to the St. Louis community. There are also many cultural groups such as the Association of Latin American Students that can help you feel at home.
Do you have any work history?
Throughout the year, as part of the federal work-study program, I work at the Catholic Student Center and as a tutor for the America Reads program. I also tutor for the Engineering Undergraduate Student Services in courses such as Calculus and Engineering Math, and have had internships past summers in my hometown.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to find a job in which I can help others while using the skills I have gained as an Engineering major.