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Colleen Aydelotte

Architectural Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Edgewater Park, NJ

High School: Holy Cross High School

Extracurricular Activities: THON committees, SSAE FR Chair, S:PACE, WEP

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: James G. Davis Construction Corporation

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose Penn State because of all the options it presented between majors and clubs. It has the major of Architectural Engineering, which I was very interested in and is very hard to find in other schools. It also felt like there was always something going on, whether its sports, concerts, THON events, anything to keep us busy outside of school, which is something I was looking for in a school.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? As an engineering student I loved taking Edesign 130, which was specifically for Architectural Engineering students. We got to learn hands on with designing by hand and with computer softwares and taking a field trip to show us what we are learning about actually comes to life. Also, having the opportunities to find amazing internships through Penn State, helps me put all the classroom knowledge into real life situations and seeing how it is all useful in the professional world.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? I would say never push something aside until you try it. I wasn't the strongest student in physics, but just because you aren't really good doesn't mean you can't do it. Work a little harder and use the resources provided and you can do anything you set your mind to. Don't let anything hold you back, be adventurous.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to work in the construction industry, probably staring as a project engineer and working my way up from there for a general contractor.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience has been THON. I have been on a dancer relations committee every year since I was a freshman and getting to help a dancer stay awake, stay healthy, and keep them going for 46 hours has been an amazing opportunity. I have met great people along the way and this year I took on a new role with THON and became the Family Relations Chair for my organization, SSAE. This experience connection with a family and getting them more involved is rewarding to see the difference us, as students, actually make for these kids and even parents.