Class of: 2015
Why I chose Purdue?
Honestly, I only applied to two colleges, both in-state for me, and Purdue seemed like a great fit for me after multiple visits. I chose Purdue because it provided me with more options in case engineering did not work out for me.
Why I chose Engineering and BME?
I chose engineering mainly because I thought it opened opportunities to build and create new products and I enjoyed physics in high school. I did not have a real idea about what engineers actually did until I got into college, but it ended up aligning with my interests. As for why I chose biomedical engineering, I did not – BME chose me. Coming into college I thought I wanted to be a mechanical or electrical engineer because I thought ME’s worked on cars or EE’s built their own cellphones, and that’s awesome! But clearly I did not have a clear grasp on these disciplines. Freshman year, each discipline gave a presentation and biomedical engineering caught my interest. I talked it over with my parents and they said I should apply, having pushed for medical school when I was applying for college. And since BME is kind of a mix of both worlds, it seemed perfect. I was dubious, but I decided to go ahead and apply. I got in, so I gave it a try. I am so glad I chose to go into BME because it definitely fits me better than the other disciplines by integrating the best engineering with medicine. BME is a conglomerate of many science fields and is definitely a challenge, but very rewarding. I recommend BME to anyone who seeks to serve others with sciences by finding solutions to medical challenges.
Student Sierra Coalition (No longer existing), Engineering World Health, Salt and Light Christian Fellowship
I work as a CO-OP at MED Institute in West Lafayette, IN working to make prototypes for future medical devices. I also worked as a hospital volunteer in the emergency department.
I plan on going to medical school after graduation to better apply my new gained knowledge.