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Danielle Voytko

Civil Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Natrona Heights, PA

High School: Highlands High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, Women in Engineering Program, American Society of Civil Engineers, THON

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Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Growing up I always knew that I wanted to go to school for engineering, but I didn't really have a dream school in mind. A lot of my family members attended Penn State, so when they pressured me to apply here I figured I would humor them. Little did I know that once I visited the campus and learned more about everything the college of engineering has to offer, I would fall in love! Once I realized what a great school it is, it was an easy decision for me to come here.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? One of the best things I've experienced so far as an engineering student is the feeling of accomplishment. There is no denying that the engineering program here at Penn State is rigorous and challenging. With that being said, doing well on an assignment you worked hard on is just that much more rewarding!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't get stuck in old high school habits. Chances are that most students enrolled in the college of engineering did very well in high school without having to put too much effort or time into studying. It's easy to let this work ethic carry over to college, but it most likely will not bring students the same results. Do not be afraid to ask for help! There are so many resources at your disposal and so many people that want to see you do well. It's important to take advantage of everything the college has to offer.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to work as a civil engineer while pursuing a master's degree.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best Penn State experience outside of engineering has to be getting to know so many different types of people from all over the world. It amazes me that even though I have never left the country, I still know people that grew up on different continents than I did. It just goes to show how diverse Penn State is, which is something I definitely appreciate.