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Courtney Burkin

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Mentor High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Leadership Society, Phi Sigma Rho, THON Dancer Relations Committee Member, Academic Excellence Center Tutor

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Operations Intern (Summer 2017) and Summer Lab Assistant (Summer 2016) at Sherwin Williams

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? My grandparents taught me to love Penn State since I was a little girl and I fell in love with Happy Valley the second I stepped on campus with them. The Penn State community has a special way of bringing students and alum together unlike any other university. We are one family. Most importantly, I wanted a university that pushed me academically after all the hard work I had put in thus far at Mentor High. Penn State was the perfect fit for me.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite memory is when I rushed the engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho. My sister, who is a sister of the Michigan State chapter, convinced me to rush. I made some of my closest engineering friends in my pledge class and it is comforting to see familiar faces when I walk into a new class on the first day of classes. I have also met upperclassmen that I look up to and love to get advice from.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Get involved. Being an out-of-state student, this was crucial to me my freshman year. It is the best way to make great friends that will last you a lifetime. Go to the involvement fair in the fall, sign up for everything you might be slightly interested in, and with time you will find your niche here at Penn State. It is important to develop a strong support system and have friends to let loose with.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I would like to work at a manufacturing plant for a good company. A few years after I earn my degree, I would love to earn my MBA. Eventually, I want to work my way up in to leadership roles such as a plant manager.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My favorite memory at Penn State was our recent trip to the BIG Ten Championship for football. My good friends and I spontaneously hopped in the car and made a road trip out of it. The game kept us on our toes, but left us with a smile on our faces. It felt like once in a life time opportunity to experience that atmosphere as a student, but who knows? Maybe it will be a two or three times kind of experience‚Ķ Go State!