Small school atmosphere is a welcome feature

Trine University′s small school atmosphere attracted Samantha Willmann, a senior civil engineering major.

“I had visited a larger engineering school and just felt lost, while at Trine everyone was so welcoming and genuinely nice,” she said. She also appreciates being able to play tennis at the collegiate level.

Samantha had three different internships during the past three summers. She has interned at Richard E. Ward & Associates Land Surveying, CrossRoad Engineers (where many CE alumnus are employed), and Indiana Bridge & Midwest Steel.

“It was a goal of mine to find some sort of experience after my freshman year, so I was ecstatic when I got the opportunity.”

As a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, American Society of Civil Engineering, Society of Women Engineers, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Chi Epsilon, Order of Omega, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the women’s tennis team, Samantha has been active on Trine’s Campus since she arrived four years ago.

The combination of summer internships, teamed with the motivation and inspiration of civil engineering professor Tim Tyler, Ph.D., have given Samantha a passion for geotechnical engineering. After graduation, she hopes to obtain an entry–level civil engineering position that allows her to work in the field at least part of the time.

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Real world experience a plus for student majoring in finance

Trevor Derby, a senior majoring in finance with a minor in economics, chose Trine because of its small campus feel and real world experience.

The Kendallville native is active on Trine’s campus, serving as a student advocate and tour guide, as well as the assistant to the visit coordinator. He is also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is a member of the tennis team.

Trevor chose Trine in 2009 for the small campus atmosphere and because he’s treated as a person, not just a number. Another important factor, he explains is, “The real world experience. The business school at Trine promotes real world experiences in the classroom, which I feel is just as important, if not more important, than lectures.”

As a student, Trevor spent two summers as an intern at bank–serv Partners, LLC, in Indianapolis. “I gained a lot of opportunities by having real world experience in the field that I am looking to go into after graduation. It is always important to have real world experience on your resume, but with the internship with banc–serv Partners, LLC, I gained a lot more than just a resume builder, but also meaningful experience that I will be able to apply to my future career.”

After graduation, Trevor plans to get a full–time position that will enable growth and learning opportunities in the financial field. He is eager to start working and getting his career started on the right foot with a meaningful job in the financial field.

>>> Connect with Trevor on Linkedin.