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Darian Gim

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

High School: Dulaney High School

Extracurricular Activities: Cru, Everyday THON, AASIA for MRC, Engineering Ambassadors

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: 

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Penn State became the obvious choice for me after visiting the campus. The community around here is like no other, with the school pride and enthusiasm. Plus, the campus is a wonderful site. Not to mention, the amount of recognition we receive for not just sports, but our academics. Learning about the high level of recruitment us Penn Staters get from big time corporations is unbelievable.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as an engineering student is just learning more about what it means to be an engineer and the impact we make on the world. Coming into college, I honestly chose engineering cause my dad was an engineer. I never understood what engineering was all about; I just knew it dealt with science and math. However, as I continue my classes here at Penn State, I have figured out that I actually love engineering. The material became very interesting to me, and I realized I had picked the right major.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? I would recommend that you get involved as quickly as possible. People mistaken college for this time where all you do is study and focus on grades, but the most important part of it is getting involved. Building connections is the key to college, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there and get involved.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After I graduate, I plan to hopefully have a secured job. I just want to live a life where I work on the weekdays, and can go out to catch the games on the weekends.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering here at Penn State has definitely been the friends I have been able to make. The memories I have been able to make and continue to make will be a great part of my life. It has truly been a remarkable journey, and it makes me almost not want to graduate.