I decided to visit Bucknell and fell in love with the campus right away.
"When I was looking at schools I knew that engineering was exactly what I wanted to study, but I always liked talking about things outside of engineering. I decided to visit Bucknell and fell in love with the campus right away. When I found out that it wasn't only a liberal arts school and that the engineering program was really good, I thought, 'this is perfect!' I applied to Bucknell early decision.
"In my first semester at Bucknell I took an Engineering 100 seminar called Rise of the Machines: Programming Robots. I loved the coding this class involved. I also joined the robotics club and really enjoyed the electrical elements of our projects. The two of those combined was what I really liked doing, so computer engineering was perfect for me.
"One class that I particularly enjoyed was Software Engineering & Design. It was one of the most time-intensive courses I've taken at Bucknell. Throughout the course you can see your coding skills get exponentially better. It's such an empowering experience. The class ends with one final project where you have to use all the skills you've learned during the semester. It's so exciting to come out with a product you have made yourself. It was the first time I got to experience something like that.
"This past summer I did an internship under Professor Thompson through the partnership between the electrical & computer engineering department and Geisinger Medical Center. The internship focused on the application of mobile computing in networking and healthcare. It was a very rewarding experience. I stayed here on campus and I got to go to Geisinger and meet with doctors to learn more about their needs. I learned how to program specifically for the medical industry and how to work directly with a client. I was also able to work on Android app development, which was new for me. My internship was a way for me to apply all of the skills I've learned in my computer engineering classes."
Sam is from Old Tappan, N.J.
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