Olivia Sherman is now a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering in the Pre-Med track. She took a few minutes to answer some questions about life at college.
What do you like about RPI?
I like how challenging it is. I like being pushed, but it is a lot of work. People go there to get a degree that will lead to a good job, and it’s nice to have people that push you. I loved my psychology class, but calculus-based physics was really challenging. I’m so thankful it’s over!
What did you do in the face of those challenges?
I took 30 back tests. I had study sessions with my roommate, who is very talented. Verbalizing and repetition helped me. I understood the engineering theory, it was the algebraic systems and equations that were a challenge. Friends in our dorm will sit together to do our work; we’re bouncing ideas and actively thinking. Five or six hours go so quickly!
Are you planning to go to medical school? What are your plans for the future?
I may go to med school but we’ll see; there are other options. For example, I could be in an operating room evaluating machines that the surgeons are using. This summer I plan to take Physics 2 here in Delaware.
What are you looking forward to at college?
I’m excited for hands-on internships. It’s hard to just do theory and math without seeing it in practice. I also hope to be able to study abroad. I joined Pi Beta Phi so that I would have a network of girls at a STEM school that is about 70% male. Two of my sorority sisters were studying in Singapore last term. I want to talk to them about their experience and opportunities.
What did you learn at St. Anne’s that has helped you in college?
Mrs. Wolinski’s science class changed my life. I’ve never written a more complex science report than I did for my 7th and 8th grade science fair lab reports. Claire Schmittinger and I used to talk about her all the time. Her class was a huge help to me when I took AP Bio as a sophomore in high school.
Is there anything you think people should know about St. Anne’s?
The academics at St. Anne’s definitely prepared me for high school. The academics are spread evenly to help you go in all directions.