Abigail D'Angelo '19, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.

People are always going to need homes, offices, grocery stores and hospitals, and they’re always going to want entertainment. Since people's interests and needs are diverse and changeable, their homes, offices, grocery stores and hospitals, as well as other buildings, are always changing. My goal is to bring some stability to this picture by making construction more efficient and green while helping people to live healthier, safer lives for generations to come.

Clarkson offers a perfect route to my dream. I knew that I wanted to go to a fairly small school and that I didn’t want to be in the middle of a city. St. Lawrence County, in New York, is full of farms and small communities. It's definitely not urban. To make my decision even easier, Clarkson is the perfect distance away from home for me. In addition, my experience with the Honors Program, as I went through the application process in high school, was welcoming and genuine. The staff was so helpful and understanding through all of it; they really gave me a taste of the community that the Honors Program ̶ and Clarkson as a whole ̶ strives to create.

I feel that I was well prepared for college, because, in high school, I had challenging teachers, great coaches and a supportive youth group. This provided me with academic and social foundations that I used as launch points once I got to Clarkson. Since entering the University, I feel that every year I've become a more empowered individual. I'm more accustomed to the professional world, more eager to learn and more excited for the future.

I feel that I was well prepared for college, because, in high school, I had challenging teachers, great coaches and a supportive youth group. This provided me with academic and social foundations that I used as launch points once I got to Clarkson. Since entering the University, I feel that every year I've become a more empowered individual. I'm more accustomed to the professional world, more eager to learn and more excited for the future.

Abigail D'Angelo '19, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abigail D'Angelo

Students get to jump right in on meaningful projects, both academically and socially. I'm a member of Tau Chi Alpha (the Environmental Engineering Honor Society), and I work on campus as a calculus teaching assistant and tutor. I'm also part of Bridges to Prosperity, which aims to eliminate poverty caused by rural isolation in the U.S. and other countries.

I've also learned a little bit about having fun. The campus organization that I'm most involved in is the CU Pep Band, which has become my family away from home. We keep the spirit going at hockey games and have a great time doing so!

I've been able to gain career experience as well. Last summer, I participated in the CUPO (Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities) Summer Research Program, working with Dr. James Edzwald. This is a wonderful program in which students conduct research under the guidance of faculty mentors during a 10-week summer program. I learned a lot. This summer, I'm working full-time in an internship with the Estimating Department of The Pike Company in Rochester, N.Y. It's hard work, but I love being busy.

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