Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Andrea Hartman

Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
High School: Penncrest

Why I Chose Pitt 

Pitt was actually the only school I visited because I loved it so much! I loved the aspect of a college town feel of Oakland but also that the campus was fifteen minutes away from the city. When I visited I got the impression of how much the University has to offer to advance its student's careers academically and socially. I also knew I was going to major in Engineering and I liked the fact that at Pitt, freshman year is general so I could learn about all the concentrations I would be able to choose from. Overall the campus immediately felt like home and I knew it was the right place for me. 


Advice to First Year Engineering Students

My advice to a first year engineering student would be to constantly keep up with studying in small amounts and the work load won't be too overwhelming. Using all the advanced placement credits from high school as possible will help in the long run when trying to fit classes and finding study groups for every class is the best way to study for exams. Also never be afraid to find help! There are so many ways to find help on campus and getting to know a professor by going to office hours is very important. 


Extracurricular involvement

I am a sister in Chi Omega, a member of Society of Women Engineers, and Engineering without Borders. I hope to co-op and study Abroad within the next year. Post college I hope to work with 3D printing of organs, or in the realm of prosthetics and rehabilitation robotics.