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Hendriks, Audrey

Major: Mechanical Engineering , Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, High School: Egg Harbor Township High School

Why you chose Pitt:

In high school, I knew that I wanted to study engineering in college but was not sure of the discipline and needed some time to explore all the options before I was locked into a specific program. Pitt’s undecided first-year engineering curriculum was a major reason why I ultimately decided to come here. Aside from academics, Pittsburgh has a small school feel within a very cool city. The school itself has such a fun atmosphere with tons of school spirit. I fell in love with Pitt and the city the first time I visited. 

Advice to a First-Year Engineering Student:

Going into freshman year, do not be intimidated by the adjustment. Keep your head up and figure things out one step at a time. Before you know it, you will feel right at home. Engineering comes with a big workload, but that does not mean there isn’t time to learn other things, so join clubs, check out different activities, and explore the city. Schedule time outside of your classes to do things you love and it will make your experience a lot more stress-free and enjoyable. 

Extracurricular involvement and Future Goals:

I am a brother in Theta Tau, a co-ed professional fraternity for engineers, and am a member of the Animal Lovers Club. I also play intramural volleyball, soccer, and frisbee. I plan to participate in the international program before I graduate and want to complete a co-op. In the future, I want to go into product development and work in either biomechanics or medical product design.