Princess Jeremie is a biomedical engineering major from Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Year: Expected graduation: May 2022
Major: Biomedical Engineering
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
Growing up I wanted to be a classical musician and I am currently not pursing that as a major.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
I am a Biomedical Engineering major and I chose this area of study because I have a passion for helping others and I want to be a part of a health care team. Health care has gone from an individual provider model to a team model with physicians, nurses and other health care staff working together to diagnose and treat patients. The health care team doesn't stop there. Behind the scenes are biomedical engineers who are developing tools for physicians to diagnose and treat patients.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
I was surprised that there is so much hands-on learning in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. I feel like I'm actually absorbing what I'm learning in lecture because I'm able to apply it in the engineering labs.
How have you connected with other students at NIU?
Honestly, just by attending the countless sporting events I stay connected with other NIU students. It's just so much fun going to a football game and seeing everyone cheer for our team.
Are you involved in any student organizations or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
I am a sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Inc., and joining a sorority was the best decision that I made coming to NIU because I have met and gotten close to so many people within the NIU community.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
Daniel Olson is hands-down the best professor at NIU. He teaches BIOS 311 which is the Functional Human Anatomy course within the Biology department. His class pushed me to be a better student, and when I received an A in his class it was the most rewarding feeling in the world. He teaches the class with such enthusiasm and respect for the human body and the lab instructors for the course were phenomenal. I had Mary McGinn as my lab instructor and going to her labs was the highlight of my week. I have so much respect for Dr. Olson and Dr. McGinn as educators and as great people who truly care about their students.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
The Huskie Den is my go-to spot for my friends and I. The food there is great, especially their waffle fries! I just love going there to eat and play pool with my friends.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Take some time to go online and research as many colleges that catch your eye. Write down questions based off your research and take notes so that you can refer to them when you schedule a visit/appointment.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
Studying. Everything I knew about studying in high school was all wrong. Studying isn't a passive activity where I can just write notes and be done with it. I had to learn that in college you have to be more active with your studying and really take charge of your education by constantly reviewing and making connection with different study materials.