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Student Ambassador Profile – Mary Vollmar, BSBE ’20

Name: Mary Vollmar
Class: Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be a student ambassador because I wanted to give back to the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE). I knew that I could give back by utilizing my strengths and people skills to talk to prospective families and show them just how amazing the College of Engineering is.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
I would tell new students to learn early how to time manage and create a doable, balanced schedule. That is what helped me when I entered college and kept me focused.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
The environment at UMCoE is different from other schools. The CoE encourages personal relationships with other students and professors that all culminate in the classroom. The feeling of being personally involved in your education is what sets the College apart.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
In this position, I am an ambassador for the CoE. My job is to put my best foot forward in representing the College to prospective families as well as being a good source of knowledge and advice as they continue to look at our University and make an informed decision.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
At the CoE, I learned how to persist through the workload. The engineering coursework has taught me to apply this persistence in other areas of my life.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) stands out to me as an organization that is constantly hosting events as well as providing a network for fellow female engineers to make connections with each other. SWE also stands out because their organization always tries to organize diverse events to reach specific populations within the CoE.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
As an engineering student ambassador, I am learning how to speak in public and lead a group. Through interactions with new students and learning more about the College, I have gained a greater appreciation for my role and position as a student at the UMCoE.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
Through this experience, I have gained better communication skills and confidence in front of a group. These are skills that I will take with me into a workplace.

What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
During my summer break, I completed research project with an ophthalmologist on glaucoma treatment using a transcleral diode laser. I shadowed an obstetrician/gynecology doctor and an acute rehabilitation doctor. These experiences helped me to understand how my choice of career will impact the medical field. I also took a class to help prepare for the MCAT.

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