project-based learning

Ana Krishnan ’20 Admission Ambassador

I’m Ana and I’m from West Orange, New Jersey (pretty close to NYC)! I’m a member the class of 2020, and I’m not sure what I’m going to major in. I’m interested in design, sustainability, and computer science, and I’m excited to learn more about all of these subjects. At Olin, I’m involved in student government, play rugby with the Babson club team, am a member of Mini Baja (our offroad vehicle building team), was in a play with FWOP (Franklin W. Olin Players), and I give tours for the Collaboratory. In my free time, I’m usually baking, taking photos, reading, or getting off campus. Talk to me about anything, especially exploring the many things that Olin has to offer and finding activities that fit your interests!

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

My favorite thing about Olin is the hands-on approach to learning things. Sometimes when I'm here, I forget that classes at other schools are heavily lecture-based and test-heavy. While that environment has its merits, I think that project-based learning is a great way to understand how the concepts that you learn in class work in the real world. The satisfaction that comes with seeing a project through from start-to-finish and actually applying what you have learned is an unparalleled feeling. I also love that Olin's approach to teaching classes is more experimental. Students have to come to conclusions on their own, and the professors have the same dedication and willingness to take risks as their students do.

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