SASE National Conference


18 Katerina Wong

Major: Mechanical Engineering
School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities

At the end of my freshman year, I knew three things for certain: I needed new friends, I needed a job, and I needed to find a more free food. Around the end of that semester, I resolved to connect with people in my major. It was around this time that I went to my first SASE event. That year's SASE UMN board was so incredibly close and incredibly knowledgable. The nerd jokes and laughter were endless - and the seemingly instant friendships that came with being on the board were exactly what I was looking for. And, so, I signed up to be on board - new friends in my major? Check.

That year, I made more friends than I had ever expected. The older students on board taught me how to run a student organization, how to plan events, and how to create a close-knit group of people committed to the success of an organization. Through them, I began to understand what my major could give me and where I could go with it. And through them, I found my first summer internship - first engineering job? Check.

After sophomore year, I was SASE-obsessed - obsessed with the SASE family, obsessed with the amazing people I met through SASE, and obsessed with the variety and multitude of professional growth opportunities provided by SASE. I love this group, and I love how I've grown by being a part of SASE. So I stayed on another year - this time as Events Coordinator, a position that made me the person who chooses all the free food for our events - more (and better!) free food? Check.

SASE-nerd forever? Check

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