Sarah Lilholt '19, BS Chemical Engineering
Hometown: 
Clifton Park, N.Y.

When I was deciding which college to attend, I visited Clarkson several times, and, on every visit, the tour guides spoke highly of their experiences. I also saw students collaborating and assisting one another, but, for me, what stood out the most was how students held the doors for one another. As silly as it sounds, that showed me that they cared for and took care of one another.

I could not be happier that I chose to come here. I believe that Clarkson has given me the resources to achieve my goals in life. While the classes at Clarkson have prepared me for my internships and industry experiences, the out-of-class opportunities have helped me realize what I value most. By exploring various activities and getting involved with a wide variety of clubs and groups on campus, I have learned more about myself, in both a professional and personal sense.

I chose my major because I have always enjoyed math and science and knew that I was interested in a STEM field. Chemical engineering challenges me to combine my math and problem-solving skills with chemistry lab work. I have taken some difficult classes at Clarkson, but I have never questioned whether this was the right major for me, because I enjoy it so much.

I could not be happier that I chose to come here. I believe that Clarkson has given me the resources to achieve my goals in life. While the classes at Clarkson have prepared me for my internships and industry experiences, the out-of-class opportunities have helped me realize what I value most.

Sarah Lilholt '19, BS Chemical Engineering

Sarah Lilholt

I've also enjoyed taking part in numerous activities, such as serving as resident advisor for The Clarkson School and Honors Program. A lot of my residents have asked for advice on getting involved on campus. Personally, joining a sorority provided a network of people who I consider my family; I know I can go to them at any time with any issue. I encourage all of my residents to find a club or organization that will provide that network for them.

I definitely keep myself busy in a variety of pursuits. I'm very involved in the Honors Program and represent the Class of 2019 on the Honors Council. I am also an Honors Ambassador, helping to recruit students for the Honors Program, and I served as a teaching assistant for the Honors Program’s First-Year Seminar Class. In addition, I've been actively involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and will be serving as president of Clarkson's chapter. I am also a sister of Theta Phi Alpha, a sorority on campus.

I'm a member of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group and volunteer in the nursery at New Hope Community Church in Potsdam. In addition, I have conducted research in Dr. Devon Shipp's organic chemistry lab, and I attended the Research and Project Showcase at Clarkson and American Society of Chemistry New York Chapter's Research Symposiums. I am also a campus tour guide, on the intramural volleyball and soccer teams and in a few honor societies, including Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for all academic disciplines.

Conducting research in Dr. Shipp's lab for three semesters provided me with experience working in a lab. In addition, I have had two internships. After my freshman year, I interned with GlobalFoundaries, a world leader in semiconductors and nanoscale engineering. This past summer, I interned at Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in the Research and Development Labs. 

After graduation, I plan to go into industry, doing research and development, for a few years before entertaining the idea of graduate school.

 

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