Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Katelyn Axman

Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Rochester, NY
High School: Irondequoit High School

Why you chose Pitt: 

I knew early on that Bioengineering was my discipline of choice, and Pitt’s Bioengineering program is distinguished and rated highly. Also, despite the large student body, a condensed campus as well as this smaller community within Benedum ensured that I felt like more than just a head in a crowd (except at football games, where being a head in a crowd of thousands of cheering Pitt fans can be pretty incredible).  And living on a college campus within a city is a decision I’m so glad I made – there’s always something to do, places to go, people around – nothing compares. 

Advice to First Year Engineering Student: 

Don’t be afraid to get involved early! Coming into my freshman year, I found all the available opportunities on campus – both academic and extracurricular – kind of intimidating, and I put a lot of things off that I wish I had gotten involved in earlier. I wasn’t sure of my career goals, so I was hesitant to get involved in things I didn’t feel qualified for or that I might not like (professional societies, research, etc.) In reality, all you need as an undergrad to get involved in anything is some interest and curiosity – so don’t be afraid to try a few things out! It’s okay not to like or excel at everything, but if you give it a try, at least you’ll know for sure. 
Also – hone in those time management skills! They’re pretty essential to have if you want to avoid cramming hours of studying in at a time last minute and overloading on stress. 

Extracurricular involvement and or Future Goals: 

- Music minor 
- Biomedical Engineering Society
- Intramurals soccer & frisbee
- Pitt Women’s Volleyball Club
- Research in the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory under Dr. Vande Geest
- plans to study abroad summer 2017