Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Effie Sarara

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Liberty High School

Why you chose Pitt:

  • Offered chemical engineering
  • Was located in the city
  • Offered Co-op and Study Abroad programs
  • Offered a language class in Swahili


Advice to First Year Engineering Student:

  • Focus on your education
  • Get to know your professors and TA's
  • Get help from the math and writing centers
  • Be involved in clubs that are focused on your major or branch out and try different extracurricular programs


Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Vice President of Swahili Student Association (SSA)
  • Active member of National Society of Black Engineers
  • Active member of Excel
  • Active member of African Drumming and Dancing club
  • Active member of Adventist Student Living Community


Future Goals:

  • Get a Ph.D. in chemical engineering
  • Work at Lush in Canada
  • Plan to open an orphanage in Kenya (more like a home for kids)