Why you chose Pitt:
I chose Pitt because I wanted a medium sized engineering school within a bigger university, providing me with opportunities to study more than engineering. I also like the balance between city and campus, as well as all the opportunities for Pitt students in the city of Pittsburgh (e.g. free bus transportation and museum passes). Also, the Swanson School of Engineering has its own study abroad office which was a huge draw for me because it makes studying abroad as an engineer easier.
Advice to a First Year Engineering Student:
The easiest way to make your 4+ years here memorable is to get involved as soon as you step foot on campus. Academics, while an important part of college, should not take up all your time here at Pitt. Join clubs that interest you and run for a position in that club even if you think you have no chance of winning. This is what I did with ASCE, and now I am on the Executive Board, going to conferences around the United States, and have made friends with upperclassmen in my department. This will provide more opportunities for you and help make the adjustment to college easier.
Extracurricular involvement and Future Goals:
I am the Underclass Representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), I play intramural volleyball, and plan on doing Co-Op and studying abroad in Jamaica. After college, I hope to be working on designing bridges and overhauling the infrastructure here in the United States.