"I always enjoyed problem solving. I was interested in how larger structures work, like bridges, tunnels and roads. I started in mechanical engineering, but I realized I wanted to deal with bigger structures and literally bigger problems."

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Why Bucknell?

"Music and engineering were two deciding factors. Bucknell has good programs in both. But I think it is probably the financial aid and scholarships that led to my final decision. Bucknell was really generous with my music scholarship and an academic scholarship, and I could study both music and engineering. At other institutions, I'd have to choose.

"I visited multiple times. The first time was over the summer between my junior and senior year. I had to come again to audition for piano, and then I came for an admitted students day in April. It was a close call between Bucknell and Colby College, but Bucknell offered a better financial aid package and academic and music scholarships. I also have financial aid and an outside scholarship from a local foundation."

My major

"Music and engineering are similar. They both have a technical side to them, with rhythm in music and reading rhythm off the page. There is a lot of technical stuff in piano and a lot of technical stuff with engineering, and they both kind of have a creative side to them. In most interpretive pieces, you have to think about how a piece should be played and experiment with it. It is the same with engineering. You are finding ways to solve problems creatively and collaboratively. There is a technically creative side and an intuitive side.

"I always enjoyed problem solving. I was interested in how larger structures work, like bridges, tunnels and roads. I started in mechanical engineering, but I realized I wanted to deal with bigger structures and literally bigger problems."

My activities

"I play in the jazz ensemble and orchestra and the symphonic band. I also am on the ultimate Frisbee club team. I am involved with Habitat for Humanity. I signed up for the spring break trip, and I am on the inclusiveness team, which is a diversity-building effort through the Office of Diversity and Equity.

"Diversity issues have been a big part of my life. On my mother's side, my grandfather is German and my grandmother is Russian. My dad's father is Syrian, and my dad's mother is Greek. I also worked for an organization that fosters diversity and peace-building by bringing delegations of 10- and 11-year-olds from different countries together. I was a campus counselor in Quito, Ecuador, for a month. Doing that reinforced my values for diversity. When I came here, I decided to make that part of my life."

Jordan is from Atglen, Pa.

Posted Feb. 1, 2010
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