"I've been impressed by the access to faculty. I have amazing professors and they always challenge you and make you figure things out for yourself."

Why Bucknell?

"I spent my last two years of high school at the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway and had the opportunity to apply to American universities. I considered two things: engineering and financial aid. My guidance counselor suggested Bucknell. I looked at the engineering programs on the website and Bucknell offered everything I wanted. It is a liberal arts school with small classes and has a strength in engineering. I thought, 'This is somewhere I'd like to be.'"

My Major

"Civil engineering is very challenging, especially if you combine engineering and service learning. But it's also very useful and gives you insight into solving problems and dealing with people. I've been impressed by the access to faculty. I have amazing professors and they always challenge you and make you figure things out for yourself."


My Activities

"When I came here, I wanted to start a group that raised awareness about child soldiers in Uganda. The University Chaplain told me about the group Child Soul that was just beginning. They're also raising awareness. I proposed the idea of doing the Gulu Walk to let people know about the situations of child soldiers. We had nearly 200 people join the walk this year. There are so many students and professors here who are interested in learning about other cultures and helping out.

"When we applied for the Projects for Peace, I wrote proposals for three different projects, making the movie about the Bucknell Brigade, malaria in Uganda and providing bicycles in Uganda. Only the movie project [Missing Seeds] was funded. Janice Butler, the head of service learning, told me about the Clinton Global Initiative Grant. I applied and proposed the bicycle project, Bicycles Against Poverty, which will help Ugandans with transportation so they can start businesses and earn their own money. Getting the grant was seeing a dream come true. We are traveling with 10 Bucknellians this summer to implement the program."

Posted Jan. 15, 2009

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