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Jamie Maximuck

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Pennsburg, PA

High School: Upper Perkiomen High School

Extracurricular Activities: Springfield THON, Schreyer Honors College Orientation Leader, Intramural Soccer and Volleyball

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2015

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose to come to Penn State because of the incredible engineering program. There were so many opportunities that a "big school" had to offer that I just couldn't pass up, from class offerings to clubs and activities to the enormous alumni network. I also was very excited to be accepted into the Schreyer Honors College because it gave me even more opportunities and somewhat of a "small school" feel. As a junior, I can now say that it was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I remember studying until 6 in the morning with some of my friends for our 8 AM Physics 212 final last December (would not recommend). I needed a very high grade to get an A in the course and I left the final feeling pretty defeated. When I saw my grade that night I did way better than I expected, I thought it was a miracle. Not gonna lie, there may have been some tears (but shhhh, don't tell anyone). It's really great when all of your hard work pays off.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Definitely don't be discouraged if you don't all of your first year classes. Introductory courses in chemistry, math, and physics are meant to be difficult and to challenge you, but they rarely capture the creativity that is also essential to being an engineer. If you are passionate about your major and work hard, you will start to enjoy classes more in your sophomore and junior years!

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation I plan to get a job as a chemical engineer in the energy industry and hopefully move somewhere a little warmer!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I have been involved in THON since the beginning of my freshmen year at Penn State. Joining Springfield FTK was one of the best decisions I have made in my college career. I remember the end of my first THON after I had been standing in the BJC for 24 hours straight. I was completely exhasuted, but seeing the total reveal and the impact it made on everyone in the BJC was definitely one of the most influential moments of my life. Being home to the largest student run philanthropy effort in the world makes me very proud to be a Penn Stater.