Stephen Cypher, Catholic '21, is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Leesburg, VA. Stephen shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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

"I chose Catholic University and the School of Engineering for the strong Catholic affiliation, opportunity to study engineering, and participate in ROTC."

Why do you want to be an engineer?

"I have grown up super curious as to how everything works. I have long been a wannabe mechanic with my dad tinkering in the garage, toolshed, and the backyard. After being somewhat decent at math and science in high school, I figured mechanical engineering would suit me well."

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

"The small class size and personal attention is key. I knew plenty of people from high school who went to huge state schools and were one of literally hundreds in their Calculus I class."

What advice would you give to prospective students?

"I would spend some serious time with your professors in office hours. Your professional network begins day one, and there are so many great professors in the School of Engineering.'"