Using Your Break Effectively

Thanksgiving break is coming soon. Some may have already had a fall break while other collegiates are looking forward to having the entire week off and soon enough the semester will be over. What should a collegiate do with all that extra time free from the stresses of classwork? While rest and relaxation are important, there are a couple ways to use your break effectively.

  1. Update your resume. Add some information about what you accomplished last semester. Don’t let all your hard work go unnoticed, put it in your resume!
  2. Look for an internship/ co-op/ or full-time employment. Use the SWE Career Center to find opportunities that aren’t promoted at your university.
  3. Catch up on some SWE webinars. There are tons of resources on the SWE website. Use them! Take some time to listen to some professional development topics. These videos are great and short, so it’s not a huge time commitment.
  4. Read. Most college students do not have time to keep up with reading for fun. Go to the library and pick out a book, learn something new, become an expert in something you’re passionate about.
  5. RELAX! Take some time for yourself. Catch up with your friends and family.

SWE Future Leader- Elizabeth

SWEFL ElizabethMy name is Elizabeth Kolanczyk, I am currently a sophomore at Milwaukee School of Engineering. I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in technical communication. At MSOE, I am a part of Society of Women Engineers, Habitat for Humanity and Society of Biomedical Engineers. I love getting out into the community and making connections with future and current engineers. Last year I was involved in several build days with habitat as well as Girl Scout events with SWE. For the upcoming SWE year, I am our chapters Regional H conference Committee Chair. As the conference chair, I am working alongside Marquette and UW-Milwaukee to bring the Regional H SWE conference to Milwaukee in 2017. It allows me to interact with some many different people and truly see what is needed to run a professional regional conference.

I was born in Madison Wisconsin but was raised in the small town of Two Rivers Wisconsin. I love going out on the water as well as skating on it. I am an only child but have three shelties named Charlie, Cosmo and Sheldon. I had two jobs this past summer; I worked at a local Festival foods as a cashier, as well as the Shoto Cooperation as an assistant.

This year, I am most looking forward to meeting new people and making some great connections as well as memories.

SWE Future Leader- Claire

SWEFL Claire Claire Anderson is a junior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biochemical Engineering. She plans to pursue a career in bioenergy research and has thoroughly enjoyed working on research projects ranging from lipid productivity in algae to metabolic pathways of chemotherapy drugs to essential oil and bacteria interactions. Claire is the secretary of the UMD SWE section and loves the close-knit, support system developed within her section. In addition, Claire is involved with AIChE, Tau Beta Pi, and works as a dance teacher at a local studio.

Region H Group Mentoring Session

Already missing all the awesome sessions from WE15? Sad you couldn’t attend them all? Region H is here to help!
Please join us for the next Region H Group Mentoring Session:
Men,  Women,  and Me: Workplace Dynamics That Work
This informal discussion will be hosted by Dayna Johnson this upcoming Friday, November 6th, at 11:30 CST
Call in information: 866-546-4138, passcode 7468957

External Relations Mentor- Courtney Perreault

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From: Mundelein, IL

School: Iowa State University

Major: Biological systems engineering

Work experience: Research assistant for Dr. Bern, Community Advisor, Intern at EcoEngineers

Graduation date: May 2018

Other SWE positions: Freshman representative and Corporate Relations cabinet/executive member

Looking forward to this year: This year I am looking forward to planning my study abroad adventure. The plan is to go as soon as possible ☺

What I love most about SWE: I love meeting intelligent women that are as passionate and serious about their engineering careers as I am. We have a lot of fun together while working together to excel in every aspect of our lives. It is nice to share a commonality with another SWE member. It builds trust and loyalty quickly.

Region Collegiate Senetor- Abigail Hedlin

My name is Abigail Hedlin, and I’m a senior civil engineering major at Valparaiso University in Indiana. I’m originally from the Chicago land area and have enjoyed internships in the city for the past three summers.

Valpo is a prFB_IMG_1439298317524etty small school, but our SWE section is very active on campus and throughout the community! I’ve been lucky enough to hold a variety of SWE positions: secretary my sophomore year, section president my junior year, and currently outreach chair for the Valpo section and Region Collegiate Senator for Region H. One of my favorite parts of Valpo is the feel of community on campus and in the surrounding areas. I love being part of Valpo SWE, which has worked hard to be present and provide opportunities and assistance in so many of those aspects.

In addition to senior design, my new apartment, and being back on campus, I’m super excited to learn more about SWE as a national society and get to know the Region H members and their opinions!