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Hendriks, Audrey

Major: Mechanical Engineering, Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Why did you choose Pitt? 

I knew in high school that I wanted to study engineering in college but was never entirely sure what type, so I needed some time to explore other options before I was locked into a specific program. Pitt’s undecided first year engineering curriculum was a major reason why I ultimately decided to come here. Aside from academics, Pitt has such a fun atmosphere with tons of school spirit. I fell in love with Pitt and the city the first time I visited. Plus, the endless things to do around the city definitely did not hurt.

Advice for First-Year Engineering Students

Going into freshman year, do not be intimidated by the adjustment. Keep your head up and figure things out on step at a time and, before you know it, you will feel right at home. Engineering comes with a big work load, but that does not mean there isn’t time to do what you love, so join clubs, check out different activities, and explore the city. Schedule time outside of your classes to do things you love and it will make your experience a lot more stress free and enjoyable.

Extracurricular Involvement and Other Campus Jobs

I am a member of Theta Tau, a co-ed professional fraternity for engineers, and also participate in intramural sports like frisbee, soccer, and volleyball. I also completed all 3 of my coop rotations at Philips Respironics.

Plans for the Future

With one year of college left, I am now looking into career options after graduation. I want to go straight into industry and would love working in the Biomedical field in either medical product design or biomechanics.