Lisa Vienckowski '11
"I came to Bucknell and visited a few times and spoke to faculty and got a strong sense of the program and how dedicated the faculty was to students."
Civil engineering: Hillsdale, N.J.
"In high school, I knew I was interested in civil engineering. I was looking at colleges and universities with strong civil engineering programs, so that narrowed it down to a few schools. I came to Bucknell and visited a few times and spoke to faculty and got a strong sense of the program and how dedicated the faculty was to students. After a couple of visits and a student acceptance day, I felt like this was the place I fit in and really connected with the professors.
"My first impression was that the campus was beautiful. It has a very collegiate feel. Some campuses, you don't get a sense that this is a college or university. Everyone was walking around smiling. People were very busy but energetic."
"The way I got into my major was an accident. In high school, I couldn't get into one of the elective classes I wanted, but I got into an engineering design classes. New Jersey has a governor's school program where 100 high school juniors are chosen to go into a competitive program. You have to be nominated by someone. I went to the governor's school for engineering and technology. I spent a summer at Rutgers University doing a lot of exploring of scientific language and all different disciplines.
"I got a feel of what they were all about, and civil engineering was the best for me. At Bucknell, I took Engineering 100, where you have three seminars of what interests you, and that confirmed that civil engineering was what I wanted to do. I like the challenge in that there are always so many different things you can do. There are certain things we do that are a puzzle. I like the idea of trying to fit things together. I like using my mind in that way."
My other interests
"I'm involved in the peer tutoring program as a math tutor. I also am part of the Society of Women Engineers and in the Environmental Club. I was a junior fellow for the environmental residential college last year."
Posted Feb. 1, 2010