Bridgette Bousquet '17, BS Engineering & Management
Hometown: Northbridge, Mass.
I'm the first student from my high school to come here, and I am so happy that I “discovered” Clarkson! The Engineering & Management program has been perfect for me. I wasn't sure if I wanted to study business or engineering, so, I decided, why not try both? Clarkson has outstanding classes in both areas.
There are a lot of projects built into the curriculum, so there are more experiential-learning opportunities than I might have had elsewhere. Clarkson also appealed to me, because I could definitely spend a semester abroad. I had planned to do a co-op as well, but decided to graduate early instead.
I work in the Honors Program office, developing promotional emails for prospective students — a great creative outlet and a contrast to my regular coursework. Here's a tip for all students who are looking into colleges: Clarkson feels like more of a community than so many other universities. You're more than just a face in the crowd here, and the classes are really small. If you love the outdoors, like I do, you'll be delighted with this rural location in northern New York State. We have access to a variety of outdoor trails, and the Raquette River. It's a wonderful place to explore.
In addition, you'll get the best education possible! Being a student at Clarkson University has helped me grow as a person and a professional. My study abroad experience allowed me to learn about other countries and cultures. The challenging classes here have shown me that there's no substitute for hard work, but it's also okay to ask for help. Finally, the numerous large projects I have completed taught me about managing work as a team and how to become a better team member.
Taking AP classes before coming here was very helpful. A strong background in calculus, statistics and chemistry helped me to transition more smoothly into college. Since I was already somewhat familiar with the material and workload, I was less stressed during my first semester than I would have been without my AP classes.
Outside of classes, I'm involved in Sigma Tau Iota (engineering & management honor society), Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society), the Honors Program and the Clarkson University Buddy Program (in which I am paired with a Swedish exchange student each semester to help with the transition to Clarkson). In the fall, I spend a large chunk of time backpacking and mountain biking with the Outing Club. I even ride horses once or twice a week!
Right now, I'm working on research with Dr. Cecilia Martinez for my Honors Thesis. I'm developing an adaptable framework for multi-dimensional nonprofit performance measurement. This summer, I had an awesome opportunity! I went to Nicaragua to test my framework with a partial implementation, in partnership with NGO Viviendas León, as a case study. I worked to measure the impact of its Human Capacity Training Program and the progress made toward achieving the organization’s mission. These are the sorts of learning experiences you can look forward to at Clarkson.
Clarkson believes in hands-on, real-world learning experiences, and you can have wonderful summer internships. I worked with Consigli Construction in Milford, Mass., as a project management intern, and I also did a shorter internship with Cold Chain Technologies. My internship with Consigli was great, because the work is very tangible — you are watching a building or a renovation and can see the work progressing. My internships were also demanding, and I learned a lot about the importance of knowing who to ask for help, and when.
As you can guess, I love to travel. In spring 2016, I studied abroad in Jönköping, Sweden. I also traveled to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. I learned a lot and loved it all!
After graduation, I would like to move to the Boston area, where I hope to go into consulting or technical sales and apply my technical, business and soft skills. I’m also planning a trip to Iceland in the summer of 2018 to celebrate my graduation.