Elizabeth Aguirre - wEST nEW yORK hiGH sCHOOL
Attending the Rutgers Engineering Shadow Program enabled me to not only become a better student, but also a more confident one. Here, I had the opportunity to meet Rutgers Alumni, ask them questions, participate in tasks that prompted me to think like an engineer, and immerse myself in the Rutgers Environment. Before participating, I knew what my academic interests were. However, I was not fully aware of the many engineering branches that are available to study. If I had a question about a certain major, be it industrial, mechanical, biomedical, or chemical engineering, there was always a SHE student available to answer. This was extremely helpful because I was able to determine whether or not one field was right for me. At the slightest demonstration of curiosity about a subject, I received an abundance of resources to reference. For example, when I asked to hear more about computer science, I was shown assignments, recommended programs, and suggested lectures to watch. To this day, I trace back my love for coding, along with my determination to continue studying engineering, to the Shadow Program. An ongoing support system like the one SHE provides, even after the event is over, is unique because the members really get to know and care to help you. It is easy for young students to get overwhelmed by the idea of college, and opportunities like this one make a difference. Not only did I grow as I student, but the welcoming SHE family and the program’s events easily proved that there is a place for you at Rutgers.