Are you performing any research?
Yes, micromechanical testing of earth materials in Kathy Flores' lab.
Why did you pick WashU?
I wanted to go to a university with a smaller class size so I could interact more with my professors. I also liked the flexibility WashU has in allowing you to explore other majors outside your department.
What was your favorite course and why?
My favorite courses so far have been Fluid Mechanics and Materials Science. I enjoyed the material of both classes and could tell the professors were passionate about the topics. The class format was also a bit different and helped me to retain information a lot better.
Who is your favorite instructor and why?
One of my favorite WashU professors would have to be Emily Boyd. She's been my professor for a few classes and is my adviser. Whenever I have any questions about a class, my schedule, graduate school applications or just need any advice in general, she's always willing to listen and help me out in any way that she can. She also genuinely cares about students in her classes and looks for ways to improve her courses so that students can learn better and enjoy the material more.
What advice would you give to a new student?
Don't be afraid to approach your professors and ask for help. It's a great way to improve your learning in a course and get to know them better. Professors have so much knowledge they are willing to share with students as long as we're willing to ask. They can also help guide you during your time in school to achieve your goals and be successful.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
Where I'm from, it's usually hot all year long with a few cold days in winter. My first year in St. Louis I loved being able to experience the different seasons. Walking in Forest Park during the fall is one of my favorite things to do during the year.
Do you have any work history?
During the school year, I work as a student assistant at Cornerstone. It's a wonderful environment to work in and is rewarding to be able to help fellow students be successful during their time in college.
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
The Campus Y is a great group to get involved in as a way to help give back to the community and share what you've learned in your life so far with local school kids.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to go to graduate school for materials science and work on sustainable or energy materials in the future.