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Amanda Sgro

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2020

Hometown: Bucks County, PA

High School: Council Rock South

Extracurricular Activities: THON OPP committee, CAS 100 TA, Engineering Ambassadors

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: 

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I did not have a clue where to go to school or what to study. Growing up in PA, everyone and their mother went to Penn State, so I had to make a college visit there. I ended up choosing Penn State because of its largeness which only means more opportunities. While picking a college was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made, I've never looked back. Penn State is my home and it is the best choice I've ever made.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I've loved getting to know my fellow engineering students especially through Engineering Ambassadors. Of course Engineering Ambassadors will be my favorite memory as a student here! There's so much passion and drive in each of our members and I'm continuously inspired by all of them.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Do not be afraid of joining too many organizations because there's time to be an involved member of the PSU community and a stellar student. Getting involved might seem scary at first, but it will only hep you balance your time, make incredible friendships, and teach you so many skills you'll carry for the rest of your life. Seek out as many opportunities as you can in your first semester and remind yourself it's never too late to try something new!

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan on finding a career that I love and hopefully my degree in Chemical Engineering will help me get there!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I've loved being a member of THON's OPPerations committee. As a second year committee member, I've taken on a leadership position on my committee as Liuetenant. I've loved being able to motivate my committee members throughout the semester during work days and competitive events. I've learned to love THON even more as I've taken on more responsibilities in prepartation for the big weekend. This year I'll be a part of the entire set-up and tear-down of the Dance Marathon!