new student at oreintation

Every year, hundreds of students gather at the Oregon State campus for START ­— the university’s summer advising, registration, and orientation program that helps new students transition to campus life.

“START is an excellent opportunity for students to get connected to Oregon State, to the College of Engineering, and to advisers and faculty within their specific major,” said Nicole Kent, assistant director of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering. “Students build relationships with their classmates. They see the residence hall they get to live in and hear about the resources available to them on campus.”

Here’s how several first-year students described their impressions of START and why they decided to study engineering.

John Cameron
Hometown: Tigard, Ore.
Major: Mechanical engineering
“I enjoy finding a physical solution to a problem. From day one I was playing with Legos and taking things apart that I wasn’t supposed to, so transitioning from that to Oregon State felt right.”

Alexandrya (Alex) Steller
Hometown: Redmond, Ore.
Major: Bioengineering
“I’ve always had an interest in biology. When I was a junior in high school, we had engineering students from OSU come to our class, and they talked about bioengineering. It made sense to me that I could take my love of biology and, through the bioengineering program, apply it to real-world values.”

Trevor Silwones
Hometown: Newport, Ore.
Major: Mechanical engineering
“I looked at a couple other engineering schools, but I liked the environment of Oregon State. Coming from a small high school with a graduating class of 180 people, there’s so much opportunity here. The engineering program also has a very high reputation.”

Abigail Henry
Hometown: Redmond, Ore.
Major: Mechanical engineering
“START is probably the most organized orientation I’ve been a part of. I liked how they split us up into groups based on our dorms, because that way we could see some familiar faces that we’re going to be living close to. They also did presentations based on majors, which were very informative.”

Noah Shumway
Hometown: Tigard, Ore.
Major: Electrical and computer engineering
“The main reason I went into engineering is that I love Disney and have always had a fascination for it. My dream job would be to work as an ‘imagineer’ for them.”

Regina Forsi
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Major: Bioengineering
“In my high school I had a bio-tech class that let us handle a lot of different lab equipment, and so I wanted to continue with that, maybe something in forensics. The bioengineering program drew my eye and brought me here.”

Matthias Weislogel
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Major: Mechanical engineering
“As a freshman, I was looking for a different outlet after recovering from a sports injury, and so I decided that FIRST Robotics was a good way to spend my time. Through that, I discovered that I really like the management side of things, and I hope to have a career where I can manage engineering projects.”

--Abby P. Metzger

 

Published Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2013