Emily Bowman is a Mechanical Engineering major with an Aerospace Concentration. She's from Framingham, MA. Emily shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

Why did you choose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering?

"I chose Catholic University because I wanted a place where both my faith and reason would be cultivated.

I chose the School of Engineering because I wanted to be in an environment where I could have a personal relationship with the professors. The small class size means that the professors know each student's name and are invested in seeing us succeed. Catholic University is in DC, so there are a lot of internships and jobs in the area. Every professor has connections to people working in all different industries. The job that I have after graduation is at a private NASA contractor. My professor who taught me 'Intro to Aerospace' and 'Orbital Mechanics and Space Mission Design' works there, and helped me get the job."

Why do you want to be an engineer?

"I want to be an engineer because I want to make things that will help change the world. The formal education I received at Catholic University has helped shape my mind to think of problems in a new light. Rather than an issue being a barrier, I see it as an opportunity to come up with a new method."

What's been your favorite part of being a student at Catholic University?

"My favorite part of being a student at Catholic University is the community. The professors seek out students to ensure we understand their subjects. They actively cultivate a relationship with us. My friends and the students on campus are incredibly welcoming and kind. The community here has uplifted me, whether it was a simple smile while walking to class or a helping hand while I struggled - I have always felt supported and seen here. I have also felt encouraged to pursue my faith while at college. The campus priests, fellow students, and ministers have all given me a space where I feel encouraged to ask questions, seek truth, and grow in my relationship with the Lord. I am incredibly grateful for this."

What advice would you give to prospective students?

"Take risks! Instead of creating a list of reasons why you shouldn't talk to a professor about a research opportunity, go for it! There are so many opportunities for students here. Whether you are interested in cutting-edge research, or you want to complete your master's degree in an abridged amount of time, the only way you can know whether or not you can do it is if you try!"