Hawk Talk: Why did you choose Lehigh?

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"I really like math and science so I kind of looking into engineering schools and I'm actually from Colorado, so I really liked the east coast and I narrowed it down that way." - Laura Wells, '19, is a bio-engineering major in the IBE program and is from Denver. "I wanted to work at Lehigh because it has such a strong history with such amazing traditions, alumni involvement and great employer partners in the Career Center. It's also such an exciting time to be at Lehigh because of the new president, the Mountaintop initiatives and the changes to the career center. Lehigh University and it's students and alumni are so smart and talented and poised to do great things that assisting them with their achieved success is the most rewarding aspect of working here." - Samantha Camoni Hof is the associate director for assessment and outcomes for the Center for Career and Professional Development. "Well (Lehigh) was more my like middle of the pack choice and I didn't get into my top schools. And, it really came down to actually just being financially most reasonable for me to come here. So it wasn't until I actually came here that I fell in love with it - the beautiful campus and the great professors I have and all the mechanical engineering stuff I get to do. It just so happened to be a lucky happenstance that this turned out to be the best and I like it so much." -Conrad Mason, '17, is a mechanical engineering major from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. "I decided to come to Lehigh because both my parents went here and they met here. I kind of knew from growing up around here that I would enjoy myself." - Matthew Sheehan, '19, is a Chemical Engineering major from Glenelg, Maryland. "It wasn't like one thing it was like it's a good distance from home, good academics. I knew people that came here and I really liked it.Also when you walk around campus it's so college, the feeling that you get and the way that it looks. I love it here, I'm so glad I chose to go here." -Becca Muller, '18, is a Biology major from Bridgewater, New Jersey. "I applied to another school and I didn't get in. And, that was my dream school, so I was completely distraught and so sad. Then I googled 'good engineering colleges' and Lehigh popped up. In was like 'what is this school? I've never even heard of it.' And I wondered where's Bethlehem. So then they invited me up for D-Life weekend, because i'm apparently diverse because I'm from Louisiana, so I came up here and I walked around. It was in April, so it was absolutely beautiful and all the people were really nice and friendly. I fell in love with it and I was like 'This is where I'm going, without a doubt." -Brittany Partain, '16, is a bio-engineering major from Alexandria, Louisiana. "I decided to come to Lehigh because I had heard about it through my college counselor and I looked it up online and I saw how many opportunities there were here, especially for engineering. And I researched all the engineering options and I pikecd my favorite which is bio-engineering." -Kyle Garland, '16, is a Bio-engineering major from Massachusetts. "I was looking for a small liberal arts school that was also good in engineering. Basically, an engineering school but not 90 percent male and not a billion people. A place that wasn't in a city but had a community. And I also really liked the architecture of the UC and the surrounding buildings, having stone instead of bricks and glass. Just being able to see people you recognize while walking around but not know everybody that's walking around is kind of nice. So whenever I walk around there's someone I can stop and talk to, but at the same time there's always someone new to meet." -Trevor DiLallo, '16, is a mechanical engineering major from Leonia, New Jersey. "(I came to Lehigh) because of the great engineering program. Also because of the fun atmosphere - the sort of work hard, play hard mentality." -Rachel Lambert, '19, is a chemical engineering major from Media, Pennsylvania. "I went to high school in the Lehigh area - it's like 30 minutes away from here. When I got accepted to Lehigh, I didn't look at any other schools because I just love the atmosphere, and the weather. I can still challenge myself and study. I just love everything about Lehigh - that's why I came here" -Yoon Jung Choi, '18, is an environmental engineering major from South Korea. "I went to boarding school so I was six hours away from home, and now that I'm a little bit older I just think I should be closer to home and see my parents more often. Also if I have any problems I can be like 'hey can you come pick me up?' So it's like easier access, and Lehigh was one of the better schools I got accepted to in the area." -Cynthia Pando, '16, is a behavioral and neuroscience major from Hamilton, New Jersey. "The small school atmosphere was a huge deal for me. Small classes, overall I do better with that. Also the industrial systems and engineering program when I applied was ranked third in the nation. So, small school, small classes, I could actually talk to my professors  —wasn't a number I was a name and a face and the industrial engineering department was great." – Grant Moore, '17, is an industrial systems and engineering major from West Bend, Wisconsin. "I was looking for a school that would have a partnership with the United Nations, and out of all the schools that I applied to this one was the only one that had it." – Tanairy Ortiz, '19, is a global studies major from Reading, Pennsylvania. “I came to Lehigh because I have 11 family members who came here before me and the pressure was on to maintain the family legacy. I’m the longest legacy in my class. The next one is just eight family members.” - Gabriel Solms, '18, is a business school student from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. “My sister went here and she talked me into coming here. I also came here for a tour, before I came to Lehigh and I went around. I went to the dorm and some classes and I was really impressed. So I applied to Lehigh early decision, and it was one of the schools I got into. And it’s a really good school so once my dad saw the admission letter he was like ‘you’re going to Lehigh.’” - Samuel Uko, '18, is an accounting major from Chicago.
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"I applied to another school and I didn't get in. And, that was my dream school, so I was completely distraught and so sad. Then I googled 'good engineering colleges' and Lehigh popped up. In was like 'what is this school? I've never even heard of it.' And I wondered where's Bethlehem. So then they invited me up for D-Life weekend, because i'm apparently diverse because I'm from Louisiana, so I came up here and I walked around. It was in April, so it was absolutely beautiful and all the people were really nice and friendly. I fell in love with it and I was like 'This is where I'm going, without a doubt." -Brittany Partain, '16, is a bio-engineering major from Alexandria, Louisiana.

‘Hawk Talk’ is a new photography project by The Brown and White where we stop Lehigh students and faculty and ask them “Why did you choose Lehigh?” New photos will be added weekly.

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