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Sarah Jacob

Sarah Jacob

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Hi, my name is Sarah Jacob! I’m a junior studying electrical engineering, and I love the Vols, orange, grilled cheese sandwiches, oh and did I mention that I love the Vols? 

I have completed three rotations of a co-op with Southern Company in their Transmission Energy Management Systems and Transmission Planning groups! At school, I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers and their SWEeties mentorship program.  I have been involved with the ENGAGE Engineering Learning Living Community, and the CURENT research program, where I helped with analyzing energy systems and power grids. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about any of these organizations, or if you have no idea what a co-op is!

While I am a pretty biased source about UT, the University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering has provided me with a wonderful community, and amazing opportunities even in my short time here.

As you look at different colleges, I urge you to look at the people, opportunities, and environment of each college you are considering. It’s no secret that engineering is hard. You will have to put in a lot time and effort, and it won’t always be fun. But that’s where the program here at UT steps in!

People: The program is very diverse, you can be sitting by star football players (cough, cough Josh Dobbs) on one side of you, and on the other side of you will be a girl who knows 12 programming languages. The connecting factor is a shared passion for learning. It's finally ok to be excited about things like circuits, robots, and coding!

Opportunities: There are studies that have found that the best way to teach and market STEM fields to students is by integrating projects and real-world applications into the curriculum. There are so many ways to get inVOLved with research and projects here at UT that will help you take what you know outside of the classroom, and get valuable hands-on experience. When I was in my second semester of freshman year, I was able to find a paid research position here at UT!

Environment: If you need help, there are so many resources dedicated to helping you. The environment in the Tickle College of Engineering is driven by collaboration, not competition (of course if you thrive on competition, you can always find it). Prospective students always hear horror stories abut “weed-out” classes in college, so I was prepared for the worst, but I soon discovered that the Engineering Fundamentals Program here at UT really makes an effort to equip you with the skills and resources you need for success in your studies! They really care about you and are willing to bend over backwards to help you adjust.

So even if you are only mildly interested in engineering or the University of Tennessee, I urge you to take a tour of our campus or contact any of the ambassadors with any questions. We'd love for a chance to show you around!

And finally last and definitely not least: GO VOLS

Sarah Jacob


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