The School of Engineering is #PNWEngineeringProud of Amanda Vandenoever from Munster. She is a senior civil engineering student at Purdue Northwest!
I enjoy architecture and math. That combination plus the problem solving engineering teaches was most appealing. Now that I am nearing the end of my undergrad, I realize there is a lot more the major offers that interests me. It’s exciting.
Why did you choose PNW?
Cost and smaller class sizes were the deciding factors.
What was your most rewarding experience at PNW?
Hard work paying off in classes is huge. Time spent studying and learning are probably the top rewarding experiences. Besides classwork, club work has been a blast. Last year I was active in the ASCE Steel Bridge competition. This year I will be continuing to work on the bridge in hopes to get in the top three for the region.
PNW awards received:
I have received Dean’s list the last few semesters. For scholarships, I have received the Presnak Engineering, Women in Engineering and Tech, and Sydney Smith Memorial Scholarships.
ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers and a new club created for Steel Bridge – AISC Steel Bridge Team (American Institute of Steel Construction). I also partake in intramural volleyball when it’s running.
I would like to encourage club involvement to widen perspective on your major and for the opportunities they provide; my learning experience and friend base would not be what they are today. Lastly, the on-campus job fairs are important. As Purdue students, we are invited to attend the large job fairs in West Lafayette. I received both my summer internships because of these. Although they are intimidating, don’t let that discourage you from some of the most important learning opportunities available as students of Purdue University.