Meet McNair Scholar Stephanie Perez
Meet McNair Scholar and civil and environmental engineering major Stephanie Perez. For Stephanie, McNair is about research and preparation for graduate school.
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- [00:00:06.190]McNair means to me to provide a support system
- [00:00:08.970]for first-generation students who aren't too experienced
- [00:00:12.230]with the whole idea of college,
- [00:00:14.230]and it really helps build a support system,
- [00:00:15.870]especially for those students who are interested
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- [00:00:21.220]My name is Stephanie Perez
- [00:00:22.580]and I'm a Third Year Civil Engineering Major.
- [00:00:26.210]I've learned that even if you're not familiar
- [00:00:29.010]with what graduate school is, with what research is,
- [00:00:31.890]because it can be very intimidating at first
- [00:00:33.700]to be presented with what those are,
- [00:00:36.630]even if you don't know what that is
- [00:00:37.890]or you're not too familiar with that,
- [00:00:38.923]that definitely doesn't mean that
- [00:00:41.090]it's not an option for you
- [00:00:42.810]that you won't be able to pursue a career in this
- [00:00:45.140]if you're interested.
- [00:00:46.280]I came into the McNair program
- [00:00:48.350]being curious about grad school
- [00:00:49.670]and like the idea of going to grad school
- [00:00:51.980]and pursuing a PhD, but based on my background,
- [00:00:54.990]it seemed like such a goal that was very far from reaching,
- [00:00:58.840]but as I got through the McNair program,
- [00:01:00.470]I learned that that wasn't true.
- [00:01:02.980]I definitely do feel that the McNair program
- [00:01:05.110]has helped me a ton in preparing for graduate school.
- [00:01:08.260]They provide so many workshops to us.
- [00:01:10.380]I've been learning, like the scholarship process,
- [00:01:12.340]the application process,
- [00:01:14.320]what the graduate schools are looking for,
- [00:01:15.960]and they also help with GRE prep during the summer
- [00:01:18.820]as I'm doing my summer research experience.
- [00:01:22.340]I remember when I was a freshman,
- [00:01:23.880]I definitely didn't have the confidence
- [00:01:25.400]to really get into graduate school or do research,
- [00:01:28.300]but it's definitely possible for anyone who wants to join,
- [00:01:31.220]and I would encourage anyone who's just interested
- [00:01:33.170]or curious about the McNair program to join
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