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Jane Vandrak

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Harmony Twp, PA (Pittsburgh area)

High School: Seneca Valley Highschool

Extracurricular Activities: EA, Family Relations Chair of Boulevard (A community service and THON org), Philanthropy and Homecoming chair of student council (ARHS), Homecoming committee member

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Penn State has so many incredible opportunities for its students. In the College of Engineering especially, Penn State provides us with a great path to follow in order to go above and beyond in our majors. On top of the prestigious academics, Penn State has so many extracurricular opportunities to be a part of. There is a club for everything here. Finally, the school spirit and energy at this school is contagious and I love being a part of such a positive community!

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? WEPO has been one of my favorite engineering memories here at Penn State. I met so many amazing women engineers who have inspired me and who have become a part of my closest friend groups. I had so much fun during the three day orientation and it was a wonderful way to start my freshman year here in the College of Engineering!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't panic. It's very easy to get discouraged with your grades, exams, or GPA within your first two semesters here in the College of Engineering. Being too stressed, overwhelmed, or not being in a good routine can cause this discouragement. Although classes get harder, everything is uphill from the first year, and everything comes a lot easier. You will start to feel more encouraged as you keep trucking through!

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I plan to use my engineering skills and abilities to impact my community for the better. I will use what I learned to help underprivileged communities around the world. Whether that takes me to a different country, or to the next town over, I plan on making a positive impact in my community.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My favorite Penn State memory was when I did Nittanyville for the Ohio State vs. Penn State game here in State College. I was in the front row, watching one of the most exciting and stressful football games of my life. Even though we lost, I got a a true glimpse of what Penn State as a whole stands for and how this school truly is a family.