A Great Fit
When the time came to decide on a university and program, Nicole Landry had many influences. Her decision to study engineering was heavily influenced by the fact that her father is an engineer, her strong interest in both Mathematics and Chemistry and her achievements in these subjects. Her decision on which university to attend was influenced by reputation, word of mouth, and cost, which pointed her just minutes away from her home, to Cape Breton University.
Nicole, a second year CBU student in the Engineering Diploma program (transfer program) is not only thankful for the quick commute to school each day, but also for the many other facets of CBU that enticed her to study here.
“Due to the smaller class sizes, compared to larger universities, I was able to connect with my professors and really get to know them,” says Nicole. “I love being able to walk around campus and start conversations with past professors! CBU offers a variety of help to students, such as advising, a math and science centre, a writing centre, academic success coaches, and much more. If you are ever having struggles, CBU has somewhere for you to go and get help, which I love.”
Nicole, who plans on becoming a Chemical Engineer, is involved with the Nova Scotia Secondary School Association (NSSSA) of which she was the co-Head Logistics.”I helped out with the conferences,” she explains. This year, she will continue her involvement with NSSSA as being head-chaperon. Additionally, this past year she helped with the CBU Chemistry Society (of which she is now secretary), volunteering at events, and will continue her involvement next year by being co-president of the Engineering Society.
Nicole, with her experienced success in math and sciences, had a feeling engineering would be a perfect career path for her from early on. “Not many women are in the field of engineering, so I am proud to be a future female engineer to show that it is not just a male career,” she says.
After one year of engineering under her belt, Nicole thoroughly enjoyed the classroom lectures and lessons, and is now applying her knowledge to real life situations as a research student with Dr. Adango Miadonye.
“It feels amazing to be contributing to research that could someday lead us to new discoveries and help with future research,” says Nicole. “The work that I have been doing at CBU has made me love chemistry and engineering even more, and I hope to do research again in the future.”
Nicole says that she would definitely recommend other students to get involved in research studies and that the research being done is eye opening. “You learn new things as you go and you contribute to further discoveries. Working on campus during the summer with other students is also very fun. It is great for meeting new people!”
After graduating from CBU in spring of 2014, Nicole plans on attending Dalhousie University. “I hope to find a job that leads me somewhere new,” she explains. “My dream is to travel as much of the world as I can, therefore I would love to find a chemical engineering job somewhere that I have never been.”