Senior Ginger Glass, a physics major from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, answers a few questions about student life at Carnegie Mellon, what she's looking forward to next, and why she chose her major.
1. What do you enjoy about campus life?
Carnegie Mellon's campus is a little paradise smack in the middle of a bustling city. There is so much to do in Pittsburgh but no matter what you can always come back to campus and just sit in the grass and enjoy the clouds going by. What I love most about campus life is the size of our school. I am able to walk across the cut and know about a third of the faces that I see, so that no matter where I go there will always be a familiar face but also new friends to be made.
2. What do you get involved in outside of women's golf and track and field?
Outside of golf and track and field, I am involved in Jewish Student Association and Student Dormitory Council. I was the push captain for Student Dormitory Council's buggy team for a year and have been a member of the board for two years. In my free time I like to knit and crochet, a skill that my grandmother taught me when I was seven years old.
3. What are you excited about as your college career comes to a close?
As my time at CMU comes to a close, I am excited to begin law school and study for my JD degree. I am pursuing a career in Intellectual Property Law because I feel this is the most interesting intersection between Physics and the Law. My studies here at CMU were not solely focused on turning me into a physicist but have transformed me into a critical-thinking problem solver, a quality that will bring success in any future career.
4. Why did you select your course of study? What has been a favorite class?
I am a physics major with a minor in business administration. My favorite class in all my eight semesters here was Electronics Lab with Professor Curtis Meyer. It was the most hands-on class with a lot of useful information applicable to any field of study or discipline. Although, I must mention the class that played the biggest role in my growth as a student. In the fall of my junior year (2016) I took a class called Physical Mechanics with Professor Brian Quinn. While this class is not particularly hands-on or fun, it taught me a lot about how to be a successful student. It taught me that being a successful student does not necessarily require intellect and prior knowledge, but requires a tenacious attitude and a willingness to open the mind to new knowledge.