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Nolan O'Connor

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

High School: Charter School of Wilmington

Extracurricular Activities: Music, squash, running

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Yes, research

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Not only does Penn State offer a wide range of opportunities for students of any field, it also has its own unique culture and an overwhelming amount of school spirit among both its students and its alumni. The amount of alumni weddings on Old Main that occur each year is a good indicator of just how easy it is to fall in love and grow attached to the school. The large student body does not intimidate as much as it allows for an array of personality types and social groups; the cliche "you can't make a small school big, but you can make a big school small" is very apt.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I get very excited when I'm able to apply something that I learned in class to lab work or a different class. That's happened quite a bit here, so it's difficult to pin down one instance.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? The introductory classes may seem intimidating and dull, but engineering becomes much more engaging as you take more major-specific classes

What do you plan to do after graduation? Pursue something unrelated to engineering for at least a few years and hopefully attend graduate school.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? A building-wide snowball fight during a finals week blizzard. The fact that so many students were able to enjoy the weather and hurl snowballs across the courtyard despite the stress from a weekend-long cramming session told me that I chose the right school.