Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Andrea Hartman

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

Why I Chose PittĀ 

Pitt ended up being the only school I visited more than once 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. The Swanson School of Engineering truly makes a big school feel small, which in my opinion is the best of both worlds in college. When I visited I was impressed with how much the University has to offer to advance its student's academic careers and expose them to international experience, Co-Op and Research while in undergrad. I also knew I was going to major in Engineering, so the aspect of coming into Pitt general to better understand each department was appealing. 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 advanced placement credits from high school when possible will help in the long run when trying to fit classes. Finding study groups for every class is key for exams and I always suggest getting involved with one activity or club outside of engineering for the occasional engineering breaks. 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 early on.

Extracurricular involvement

I am currently in my fifth year as a Bioengineering student at Pitt. I was a sister in Chi Omega for four years and I am a member of Society of Women Engineers. Throughout my career I was fortunate enough to be able to Co-Op and then intern with two different medical device companies with a multitude of roles. In addition, this past summer I was honored to have received the Vira I. Heinz award for Women in Global Leadership so that I could travel to South Africa for six weeks before starting my internship this summer. During school, I still managed to enjoy playing intramural volleyball and to fall even more in love with what Pittsburgh has to offer. I would do it again in a heart-beat!