Cheshire, Connecticut
Mechanical Engineering
Activities: American Society for Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Cat Networking Club
"Don't be afraid to try new things. This is like your college experience. Don't just lock yourself in your room!"
I chose Stony Brook mainly because of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program. I'm in mechanical engineering and I knew that this field was going to be very male-dominated. So, to hear that Stony Brook had a program specifically for women in STEM really made me interested in coming here.  

The professors here prepare you for real-world applications of what you're learning in class and they understand that you're going to make mistakes here and there, and those mistakes don’t define you. They really care about your education, and they like you as a person, not just as a student.  

I like how we take different courses in our freshman year to get an overview of what our next four years of mechanical engineering are going to look like. And I really like how because your classes get smaller as you move forward in the program, you get to meet more people that are specifically in your major and you get to know them and have them in all of your classes. It's really nice to be able to make friends that way.  

There are always so many activities going on and it makes me feel like I'm getting the college experience I hoped for. The residence halls offer their own activities throughout the day. My residence hall has done things like movie nights, bracelet-making nights, trivia nights and they just had CPR training the other day. And they also do fun things to help you de-stress, like bringing out a piñata before finals.  

I’m in the Cat Networking Club, which is really cute. It's a club where we take care of the feral cats on campus. I really love animals and it allows me to incorporate something that I love besides academics into my school life. And it's really great just helping animals.

Stony Brook has a really diverse campus and a lot of different activities that you can get involved with. Academics are important, but it’s also about the campus life and social life. Don't be afraid to try new things. This is your college experience. Don't just lock yourself in your room!