Catapult was a very great opportunity to
actually explore my interests and what I may or may not like as a future career.
Coming here really helps to focus in on what you should be doing with the rest
of your life and it gives you an opportunity to look into new things that
you’ve never even thought of going for before. The whole project approach that the camp
offers is one of the best things that you can find out there. There’s electrical
engineering with making new circuits or mechanical engineering making
trebuchets and frisbee throwers. I was in the chemistry department, which I loved.
Anywhere else I go they would not let me into a cleanroom lab or play with a
microscope that shoots electrons or anything like that. That’s in my
wildest dreams to do anything like that. I describe it as a mix between all
the math and science that I love and then a whole bunch of fun. And it gives you a chance to try new things that you’ve never done and also be involved
in this amazing tight-knit, close community of people who are very
like-minded. It was super easy here to make friends.
You could literally walk up to anyone and find something in common. I know
you could say that about most people, but here your interests are so similar
that it just makes everything better. I’ve always struggled to find people
that I blended in with. I think I kind of found that group of people here.
International students should definitely feel comfortable in coming to Rose. The
Rose-Hulman community, it really embraces every kind of students which made me
feel like I was really a part of this community. When I came to Catapult, my
initial thinking was to actually study computer science here in the U.S. To be
honest, I wasn’t really sure about my decision. But, after visiting Catapult and
being among faculty members, I think that I’m definitely going to study computer