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Student Ambassador Profile: Cecelia Poole, BSME ’19

Name: Cecelia Poole
Class: 2019
Hometown: Newark, Delaware
Major: Biomedical Engineering with a Concentration in Electrical
Minor(s): Psychology

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be a student ambassador because I want to share my journey with potential engineering students. I also want to be a representation of the diversity within the College of Engineering to students considering studying engineering here at UM.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
I would advise new engineering students to decide why you are passionate about engineering and what your dream profession is early. Then, when college gets hard (and it will get very hard), you can remind yourself why you are doing this and keep pushing forward.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
Being a UM College of Engineering student is unique because the resources and support given here are unmatched anywhere else. “Canes Care for Canes” is a UM slogan that is definitely displayed within the CoE because professors and students alike are all willing to help students succeed.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
In this position, I am able to encourage potential engineering students to pursue engineering and explain to them why they should pursue it here at UM. I also have the opportunity to form connections with CoE faculty and alumni at many of our events.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I have had several experiences in the CoE where I have had to persevere, whether it be through a difficult class or having to balance schoolwork and extracurricular activities, and these experiences have equipped me with stories and advice I can share with potential students as a student ambassador.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The National Society of Black Engineers stands out to me because as a black female in the College of Engineering, I feel supported and empowered by my peers who share the same experiences as I do. By being able to relate to others around me, I feel as though we struggle together and encourage each other to persevere. 

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I am gaining valuable communication skills and experience I will be able to use in my future profession.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
This has been a good experience because it has allowed me to inspire potential engineering students and network with CoE students, faculty and alumni.

What did you do during your Summer 2017 break? (please be specific in regards to work/internship, company, etc.)
During the summer of 2017, I participated in a research experience for undergraduates at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I became a valued member of the concussion team, which was conducting several different studies regarding pediatric concussions. My research focused specifically on comparing athletes and non-athletes in their compliance to their recommended concussion treatments.

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