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Student Ambassador Profile – Grace Johnston, BSIE ’18

Name: Grace Johnston
Class: Senior
Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Major: Industrial Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be a student ambassador to encourage students to not only attend UM, but to be enthusiastic about a future at the College of Engineering.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
Don’t let general-education classes dissuade you from your major.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
The small class sizes and communal atmosphere throughout the school and individual concentrations.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
I attend events for the College of Engineering, from high school recruiting to lab openings, as a student representative.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I have learned teamwork and social skills in my classes, especially in all the group work that we do at the CoE.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The Society of Women Engineers has always stood out to me as a tight-knit group of people who are passionate about helping each other and spreading STEM education to women everywhere.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I’m learning more about the COE and UM, and getting to attend events and meet people that I otherwise wouldn’t have encountered.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I’ve only been to one event since I got this position, but it’s always rewarding to feel like you’ve made an impact in someone’s decision regarding UM and the COE and being able to give some clarity into what life is like here.

What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
I worked as an industrial engineering intern at UnitedHealth Group.

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