Portrait of Rachel (Tessa) Choi

Rachel (Tessa) Choi

Mechanical Engineering / Rockville, MD


Why did I choose Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland specifically because of the amazing engineering program offered to me. The A. James Clark School of Engineering was a dream of mine, and being accepted was one of the happiest moments I have ever experienced.

What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I am currently enrolled in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, as a mechanical engineering major. I plan to continue pursuing mechanical engineering, and specializing in automotive engineering as well as a minor in French. I have always had a passion for cars, and throughout high school I excelled in STEM classes, which made choosing my major extremely easy. I aspire to go into the field of cars, and design electric cars. Minoring in French was a very unique decision of mine. Since middle school, I have been following French and after looking through potential majors, French was something that resonated with me. It even inspired me to look more towards European automotive engineering styles.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I am very involved in my Scholars program, as I am a part of the Environment, Technology, and Economy scholars program. This program has broadened my knowledge in our environment and pushed me further into studying electrical pathways for cars. Alongside that, I am a part of Engineers Without Borders, where I work with other engineering students on projects both inside and outside our local communities. These projects include building bridges, and building sustainable energy resources. Another one of my activities is the Terps Racing Club, which really allows me to indulge in all things mechanics and build bonds with those who love cars as well.

Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am in the College Park Scholars Science, Discovery, and the Universe Honors Program, as well as the QUEST Honors Program. Both are based on academic achievement and extracurricular activities.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to take away friendships, lessons, and experience in all senses. Although friendships may start within academic courses, the bond that carries throughout our time here is something I hope to experience. I also hope to learn more social skills, as working with others is an important part of both engineering and success. Lastly, I hope to learn how to enjoy life, and to have fun outside of the classroom. College is full of fun experiences, and although academics remain my top priority, Maryland is home to a great amount of school pride and fun times.

What are your future goals for after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to enroll in graduate school. Studying is something I have grown to love, and knowledge is so essential throughout life in all aspects. More specifically, I hope to continue studying engineering, in fact, nuclear or electrical engineering are both majors that have become of great interest to me.

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