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Rachel Fryan

  • OHIO varsity soccer goalkeeper
  • Engineering ambassador
  • Interned with J.M. Smucker Company

Computer science and interactive multimedia major

Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication

Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

How much do you study?

As a high-schooler I took all the AP classes, but it’s a huge difference from high school. You learn how to study in college. If you don’t know how, there are places you can go that will help you learn. The library’s Writing Center and the professors will work with you on that.

What’s your advice on time management?

Don’t procrastinate. For me, it’s a lot of improvisation studying. If you get 15 minutes, do something. Don’t just sit. The athletic department makes you study. Our soccer overall team GPA is a selling point for getting people to come here.

How helpful are your professors?

When I came here, my mind was blown that professors actually cared, that they were here for you, that they cared about whether you did well in their class. If you went to the professor and you were struggling, they would want to help you.

Were you in a learning community?

I was in the computer science learning community freshman year. It’s a great way to meet people. They match up classes for you to be in with other people in your major so you start to find familiar faces, and you can find a study group from that. And you do a bunch of fun activities. We went on two field trips; one was to the Computer Services Center at Ohio University, and for the other one, we went to BW3s to have fun and eat wings.

You’re an out-of-state student. How is that?

I love it. I wanted to go out of state. It teaches you to grow up fast. I think the only time I went home was over the holidays. There’s always that phone call. If you keep busy, it’s fantastic. It’s a great blank slate.

What is the senior design project?

It’s a year-long group project in the Russ College. For computer science, we are building an application for a client. Our app is a way to teach kids fractions. The value of working in teams is tremendous. For example, we were writing code, and I couldn’t figure out the code. If you’re stuck with something, it’s guaranteed someone will have the answer. We came up with the answer like that. It’s great to be able to pick someone else’s brain.

Did you have a “love at first sight” experience with campus?

Just look around; it’s fantastic. I love our campus.

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