More than the Sum of your Parts

Lauren Gulland '19 

Admission Ambassador

What extracurricular activities (or co-curricular or hobbies) are you involved in?

PowerChords (A Capella), Olin Volunteer Ambassadors League, Engineering Discovery (STEM education outreach), Grand Challenge Scholars Program, Campus Art Committee, OLINsider (student blogs), andSERV (Olin's community service league). I also did a passionate pursuit to self-teach the basics of the Korean language last semester, and will be doing another passionate pursuit this semester in a subject that I have yet to decide.

What is your favorite thing about Olin? Or why do you think Olin is different from other undergraduate engineering schools?

Olin is incredibly different, with the obvious reason being the way that we teach engineering. Having such a project-based curriculum creates an incredible amount of freedom in the way each individual pursues their learning. In addition to having certain goals that the teaching teams will want students to get out of a project or course, there's also a respect for being able to meet individual learning goals. If you have a certain skill you want to get really good at or a certain subject area you'd love to learn more about, you can take the framework of the subject and apply it to your personal goals to get a whole lot more out of everything you do. When it comes to classes, Olin is definitely a case where the total of what you've learned is much more than just the sum of the parts.

What are some things you're passionate about?

Instrumental music - shameless band and orchestra geek for life! - travel, and building cool stuff.


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