What are you studying at UCSB, and why are you passionate about it?
I am a second-year chemical engineering major; I really enjoy chemical engineering because it helps me develop a mindset for optimizing processes using fundamentals. It’s also a very applicable major that dovetails nicely with business and economics.
Why did you decide to participate in PRIME?
I wanted to be a part of PRIME because I knew I could learn skills that would carry me forward in my career.
How did you hear about PRIME?
Links to the application popped up on various Facebook groups and UCSB websites.
Tell me about your experience in PRIME.
I really looked forward to Thursday nights in the PRIME program, because I knew that I would always learn something interesting and unorthodox. TMP guest lecturers taught very nuanced communication and goal-setting skills, which helped me refine my career path, and I got a lot of helpful feedback from mentors in industry.
How has participating in PRIME benefited you?
Participating in PRIME has probably been the best decision of my college career. I’ve found that engineering majors have lofty aspirations of solving the world’s problems, but we often fail to realize the necessary steps we should take outside of the classroom to get there. Through the program, I acquired soft skills that I needed to bridge this gap and made connections that helped me land two amazing internships.
What did you want to be when you were younger? Is that still an interest of yours?
When I was younger, I knew I wanted to be a scientist. Though I’m pursuing the more applied field of engineering, I’ll always be fascinated by research and hope to pursue more of it in the future.
What are your future plans? How has PRIME influenced these plans?
In the future, I hope to use my knowledge and skills to work with an interdisciplinary team to solve the world’s problems. I’m already doing a little bit of that, but the more I learn, the more effective I can be.
Do you have any advice for people interested in participating in these programs/becoming an engineering major?
I don’t believe in a work-life balance. If you really want something, you should spend your days striving for it and your nights dreaming about it. You won’t call it work anymore. Read and expand your horizons.
What do you like to do for fun?
I read a lot of everything, from self-help and psychology to business and epidemiology. That being said, my favorite books will always be science fiction. Seveneves, Dune, and the I, Robot anthology are great worlds to explore.