Maria Hargrave is a Biomedical Engineering major from Baton Rouge, LA. Maria 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 to attend Catholic University’s School of Engineering because I wanted a strong education in biomedical engineering that also provided a strong, Catholic moral foundation for decisions throughout my career."

Why do you want to be an engineer?

"I hope to improve others’ lives by contributing to a better understanding of stem cells by studying tissue engineering. Because I grew up with scoliosis, I benefited from the work of many biomedical engineers. I want to impact someone’s life in the same way they impacted mine."

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

"I’ve been loving how incredibly easy it is to get involved in research and projects relating to my major, even as a freshman! I’m a part of a group of students working with Quality of Life Plus on a spinal suspension system for a veteran amputee. But as someone who also enjoys areas of study outside of engineering, I don’t feel hemmed into STEM. I’m a part of the Mock Trial team, I cantor at Masses, and I’m a member of the Student Government Senate. The opportunities for engineers, while plentiful, haven’t excluded growth in other areas, such as humanities, arts, service, and faith development."

What advice would you give to prospective students?

"Don’t be afraid to try new things! Some of the most fruitful experiences I’ve had so far at CUA were with student organizations and activities I hadn’t tried before. Put yourself out there!"