Tips for New Students

The new school year has officially begun! Three current students offer advice for their new classmates  just starting out in the MEM program. We welcome any suggestions and questions from students new and old!

Katharine Nickel  is a senior packaging engineer at Kraft Foods and entering her final year of the MEM program.

Get your homework, readings, and assignments done early, especially if your full-time job requires travel.

Group projects allow you the opportunity to learn about other engineers from different fields and backgrounds—take advantage of this networking opportunity.

Don’t be afraid to use what you’ve learned in class at work—you’ll be amazed at how many times you can actually apply your MEM coursework to real work situations.

Felipe Saavedra is a Chilean scholarship recipient and current MEM student.

Take advantage of the program. Ask as much as possible, take risks, be out of your comfort zone, this is a unique

opportunity to expand not just your academic knowledge, it’s a good opportunity to get to know yourself.

This is also a good opportunity to know people from other countries and learn from them. With other international students we started to eat traditional food from each culture. . . China, Mexico, Nigeria, India, Colombia, Chile. Really good experience.

If you aren’t local. . . be prepared for the winter!

Marie Terhune is a senior systems engineer at Baxter and expects to graduate the MEM program this year.

Your professors are here for you. If you have questions or need help or require clarification don’t be afraid to reach out to them directly.

Diane and Sue are your best friends. I  have never had any question or any issue that those two could not answer or solve.  A quick email can save you a lot of stress.

If you’re a part-time student, double-up at least once and double-up early. Taking more than one class per quarter will get you through the program more quickly.  If you don’t double-up at least once, you won’t know if you’re able to handle it.  Hesitation will prolong your reward 🙂


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