University at Buffalo WiSE ambassador Samantha Whalen.

Samantha Whalen

Major: Industrial Engineering, minor in Human Factors
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jordan, NY

Extracurricular involvement and hobbies:

  • WiSE ambassador (Feb 2020 - present)
  • Small business owner (Feb 2021 - present)
  • WiSE Ambassador (Feb 2020-present)
  • Crafting
  • Playing animal crossing
  • Watching tiktoks
  • Baking
  • Hanging out with my cat

You can also ask me about:

  • Working a part time job while pursuing an engineering degree
  • Transitioning to UB from a small high school

Advice for high school women interested in pursuing STEM degrees:

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't pursue a STEM degree. You are more than capable. You are worthy. You are strong.

Advice for new first year students:

Don't feel like you have to stick with the same major for your entire college career. If you take a couple classes and decided your major isn't for you, that's fine! Nothing is wrong with deciding that your current major isn't a good fit for you. Choose the major that makes you happy, not the one that makes others happy.