My name is Adam Potrzebowski and I am one of the student writers that the Recruitment team has chosen to write about my experiences as an engineering student at Purdue. As a sophomore in mechanical engineering, I’d like to be able to relate some of my experiences as a student.
Originally, I am from a small town, Westville, in northern Indiana. My dad is a Purdue alum and I grew up rooting for the Old Gold and Black. My sister graduated from Purdue a few years ago in ME. When I began looking at colleges, there was just a little pressure to go to Purdue. As I thought more about my academic and professional goals, I realized that Purdue was an even better fit than I thought. As a renowned engineering school, Purdue had opportunities that few other schools could offer. As a large state school, it had tons of resources, sports, and a lot of new people to meet. By the time I got to my senior year, I had decided that Purdue was the best choice.
Having now completed my first year, I can definitely say that my experience here has been memorable. Academics aside, I’ve been fortunate in my involvement on campus. I’m currently in the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) who are the student recruitment side for engineering. We give a lot of tours and help outreach in other ways as well (like this blog). I’m also active in the Professional Practice Ambassadors and the basketball student section, the Paint Crew.
Unlike the other student writers, I am actually not on campus this semester. I’m participating in the professional practice program. In this program, I alternate between semesters at school and semesters at work. The work is paid and provides invaluable work experience. Currently, I’m living in Houston, TX while working for General Electric. So far, I really enjoy my job (and the paycheck), but I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss Purdue and the fall in West Lafayette. Over the next few months, I’ll try to post more about my co-op and what kind of work I’m doing. Until then, Boiler Up!