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Anna George

Civil Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Audubon, PA

High School: Methacton High School

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE); Women in Engineering Program (WEP); THON Dance Marathon

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Internship with the Federal Highway Administration (Summers 2015 and 2016)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? My Dad was a grad student here, and when we visited State College for his graduation ceremony, I always had Penn State in the back of my mind, but I never thought I'd actually come here. When college decisions came around, I thought Penn State was the best decision simply because the College of Engineering was ranked high in many of their undergraduate programs. Never did I imagine that I would fall in love with this campus, the people, and the entire atmosphere of State College! It was the best decision I have ever made, and I stick to this decision every day I get to walk across this beautiful campus or meet its inspiring people.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite memory as an engineering student was attending the Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) my freshman year. The program holds a 3-day orientation open to women in the College of Engineering. They host a number of exciting activities, but my favorite one was attending the Networking Dinner, where I met so many women engineers already working in the industry. These ladies were so inspiring to talk to, and many of them were in WEPO as students, too! This program also gave me the chance to meet some of the female students in the College of Engineering, many of whom are now some of my closest friends in college.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't compare yourself to the people around you, whether it be your best friends, peers, or your classmates. I think that college is the time where you find what you love to do, what you're most passionate about, and what you want to do with your life. Once you start comparing yourself to what everyone around you is doing (whether it be classes they take, clubs they join, or the career they want to pursue), you start to lose your way. Just because your best friend likes one thing, doesn't necessarily mean you have to do the same. At Penn State, there are SO many opportunities around you, so finding what you love is sure to be around here somewhere!

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to go straight into the industry after graduating. As of right now, I can see myself pursuing opportunities in structural design for a civil/ architectural design firm. I am also interested in opportunities within consulting, where I'd be able to take my engineering skills and adapt them to a multitude of industries or projects.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering would be getting involved with THON at Penn State. I still remember the first time I stepped down on main floor of the Bryce Jordan Center that weekend of my freshman year. It was a moment I'll never forget! Every color of the rainbow can be seen, and there are kids of all ages playing games, squirting water guns at each other, and dancing the weekend away. Being a part of such a great organization reminds me of how powerful and motivated our student body truly is.