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Alumni Profile

Josh Prendergast

Student Leader: Jessica Turner

As a freshman, I was originally discouraged by the dramatically different workload that college presented when compared to high school, however EAS 199 was a class that I enjoyed. As a result, I wanted to help provide the same experience to other freshmen after me so that they were able to enjoy the class as I did, as well as to help them transition from high school to college so that their transition was smoother than mine. Being a Student Leader allows me to make a difference in the academic lives of other incoming students, and provide them upperclassmen mentorship so that they have a go-to resource for any questions they might have to reduce the stress caused by transitioning from high school to college."

What did serving as a Student Leader mean to you? What motivated you to participate?
Being a Student Leader primarily means that I am able to help make a difference in the life of freshmen students by helping them feel at home in the School of Engineering, and also allows me to help develop the problem solving and critical thinking skills of freshmen students. As a freshman, I was originally discouraged by the dramatically different workload that college presented when compared to high school, however EAS 199 was a class that I enjoyed. As a result, I wanted to help provide the same experience to other freshmen after me so that they were able to enjoy the class as I did, as well as to help them transition from high school to college so that their transition was smoother than mine. Being a Student Leader allows me to make a difference in the academic lives of other incoming students, and provide them upperclassmen mentorship so that they have a go-to resource for any questions they might have to reduce the stress caused by transitioning from high school to college.

A memory that remains with me from my Student Leader days is:
My first year as a Student Leader opened up my eyes to what being a Student Leader really is. I distinctly remember working with my students as they were conducting experiments in their final wind turbine project, and enjoyed it thoroughly! I also remember realizing that freshmen students really rely on Student Leaders as a SEAS resource, and I remember feeling quite happy that I was in a position to make a difference for new engineering students. Being a leader has also allowed me to feel even more at home in the School of Engineering, and working with other leaders was a great way to make new friends.

Any leaders you'd like to shout-out to?
My first year as a leader, Monica Wild was a fantastic TA to work with! Very competent, kind, and fun to work with in lab.