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Julie Scheffler

Aerospace Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Morrisville, Pennsylvania

High School: Pennsbury High School

Extracurricular Activities: Human Powered Aircraft, Liontech Rocket Labs, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Sikorsky Aircraft Intern

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? The reason I came to Penn State is actually kind of cheesy. In high school, I always said I would never come to Penn State because everyone came here, but I applied anyway. My decision on where to go to college came down to the last minute, I was between Penn State and Maryland. I came up to visit on the very last accepted students day and my experience that day was what made my decision. I had met two Engineering Ambassadors who gave us a tour who had convinced me to come. I had yet to decide to definitely study engineering and had been worried about getting help for classes and finding my place at such a large university. I don't remember their names or what they said to me, but somehow they quelled my fears and convinced me it was possible for me to succeed here at Penn State in engineering. To them, I am very grateful because I love it here at Penn State and would never regret my decision to come here.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Watching the of the Human Powered Aircraft really fly for the first time last October. I say really fly because it had done short little hops before, but that morning it was flying 50 feet up in the air and turned before it crashed( don't worry there wasn't a person in it). I don't regret that we failed when it crashed, but I do regret that I wasn't there in person to see it. I had gone to all the flightless tests up until that day because I was visiting home for the weekend.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? You will never know everything and that's okay. If you knew everything, then you wouldn't need to be in college. If you knew everything, you wouldn't know failure. And some of the most important lessons you learn in life and some of your best work will be the result of failing at least once while trying to do something else.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I am considering either entering the work field or going to Law School. Either direction will lead me to graduate school for a law degree or an MBA.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Exploring new places. It's one of my favorite things to do whether its another state, city, country or even somewhere I have already been. Some of my favorite memories in life have been with family or friends while we were traveling.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Freshman year, homecoming game against Michigan. When I came to Penn State I honestly didn't know the first thing about football. My friend actually taught me the rules during my first home game (also the first football game I had ever been to). The atmosphere in Beaver Stadium is contagious, and it was incredible watching the entire student section crowd together and cheer in triple overtime to bring home the win.