Terrific Professors

Kelly Brennan ‘17

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bellevue, Washington

Why Did you Choose Olin?

I choose Olin to learn how to learn. After practicing and memorizing various content and theories in high school, I wanted to challenge myself more with open-ended problems and teamwork in applying my knowledge to real-world systems. I recognized that Olin's philosophy of "learn by doing", experimentation, and communication best matched my personal values of exploration and relationships. 

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

Ultimate Frisbee, Club Soccer, Club Basketball, Club Lacrosse, Volunteering at Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

What is your favorite thing about Olin?

I love my professors. They are very supportive and will always make time for me. From meeting with me for an hour on a Sunday to go over a difficult concept to encouraging me to continue working in India for a semester, I appreciated their personal investment in my development as a learner and encouraging me to take risks.

Please tell us a few things you’re passionate about.

The synergy of getting to know, understand and connect with other people, health, ahtletics, traveling.

What do you think differentiates Olin from other undergraduate engineering schools?

With the creative and supportive community, Olin is a place where each student can be inspired and have the opportunity to forge their own educational pathway. Because Olin is such a small school, Olin's investment in the personal development and success of each individual student is unmatched by any other college.