Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Kimberley Dickinson

Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Medford, NJ
High School: Shawnee High School

Why I Chose Pitt 

When I visited Pitt, I first noticed that everyone loves being here.  I quickly realized why everyone is so happy.  From football games to free museum visits and arts encounters to exploring Pittsburgh's neighborhoods, there is never a dull moment. There is always still time for schoolwork, and the Swanson School of Engineering is a prestigious school where there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in research, study abroad, co-op, internships, and engineering-related clubs. The small school feel of the Swanson School of Engineering in conjunction with the larger university that offers endless opportunities creates the perfect college experience.

Advice to First Year Engineering Students

Learn about all that the Swanson School of Engineering has to offer, and take advantage of all of the opportunities. As an engineering student you could dedicate all of your time to schoolwork, but look beyond the books. There are so many fantastic opportunities in terms of study abroad, research, interning, co-oping, and joining some really cool clubs. Participating in these activities makes the college experience so much more valuable and actually helps you to excel in the classroom.

Extracurricular involvement

Aside from being an Engineering Ambassador, I also am in Pitt Excel, DesignHub, Engineers for a Sustainable World and Yoga Club, and I am the Business Diversity Chair for Pitt's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.  The summer after freshman year I went to Chile as part of Pitt's Plus3 program. I also completed my first co-op rotation for Zoll LifeVest during the summer of 2015 and will be returning for my second rotation in the spring of 2016.