Samantha Vamerin, ‘13

Hometown: Norton, MA

Degree: BS, Civil Engineering, Construction Project Management

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
My dad always talks about WPI and how well behaved, hardworking, and refined the students are when they come out of the school. I also loved the idea of a project-based culture.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
While I love in-class learning and can sit down for hours reading books, I am a kinesthetic learner who loves being able to do the things I learn about in real life. One of my favorite classes was Surveying; we got to go outside and actually practice using the instruments. I am looking forward to taking Control Surveying next year because I loved it so much.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
When I think of WPI, I think of High School Musical's final number, "We're All in This Together," because that's exactly what it is. The greatest strength that WPI has is that every member is great at something, and we can work together to make the ultimate community.

How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
My Project Management professor was almost always in his office, and he is very approachable. He cares about the subject matter so much and wants others to, too. I got sucked into his lectures, and I gladly went to the lab to complete his assignments. When I told him at the end of the class I wanted to become a construction project scheduler, he glowed with excitement and gave me suggestions to refine this skill. He's going to be my MQP advisor next year.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I want to become a construction project scheduler. It took me awhile to realize it, but scheduling is one major skill I've always had, and I love construction projects. If I can combine this with Building Information Modeling (3D modeling) I can keep on learning even after I graduate.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • I work at the WPI Writing Center as the cohead tutor.
  • I am an avid competitive ballroom dancer, and I love working with newcomers on the WPI Ballroom Dance Team.
  • I am an active brother of the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

Additional comments:
For all students studying civil engineering: Take a breadth of courses to figure out what you like. For all WPI students starting out: Figure out how you learn best, and never pass up the opportunity to talk to the professor if you're concerned.

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