Meet the Students
Jessi Pickelsimer, Architecture '14
Why did you choose your major? I've always had an interest in houses and buildings. Being able to design them has been a dream of mine since I was a young child. It's a great way to express my creativity.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? Being in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta! I've met the most amazing group of women and have learned so much from them. They're always there to support and cheer me on when I need them. I wouldn't trade my sisters for the world!
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? My favorite experience here at SPSU has been the opportunity to travel on a road trip to Marfa, Texas with my studio in Architecture. We stopped in different cities along the way, including Biloxi, New Orleans, Dallas, Texas, and more. Our class assignment was to design and Observatory and our site was in the middle of the desert. It was such a great experience to learn about a different region of our country and incorporate my design and ideas into it.
What has been your favorite class? Although they're challenging, my studio classes have been my favorite. I'm always being presented with opportunities such as visiting buildings, Architecture firms, and attractions.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? The Architecture Building! There are always people there!
Who has been your favorite professor? It's hard to pick just one favorite because there are so many great professors here at SPSU (especially in my department!). I've had many professors that have made a lasting impression on my life and I've learned so much from them!
How has SPSU surprised you? I chose to come to SPSU for its Architecture program. Now that I've been here for four years, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I wouldn't have been involved with things such as Greek Life or campus activities if I had gone to a larger school but I find myself involved in so many things here. Coming to SPSU was one of the best decisions I've made.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? A cross bow... like the guy on Walking Dead so I can take them out without them hearing
Amir Hamer, New Media Arts '15
Why did you choose your major? To develop my own design products in conjunction with a degree that is both relevant to my aspirations and convenient for their forth coming while still a college student.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? My favorite SPSU extra-curricular activity is working with Resident Life to help make everyone's experience on campus more enjoyable and fun.
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? Serving Student Life as a student assistant & dancing at Goat Night for Theta Chi.
What has been your favorite class? New Media Writing.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? Meeting Room inside HV100.
Who has been your favorite professor? Professor Jeff Greene.
How has SPSU surprised you? SPSU has surprised me in many ways. The number of great friends I've made here was definitely a surprise for sure.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? Arc reactor powered armor suit with a ninja sword.
Jackie Bennett, Technical Communication '14
Why did you choose your major? I've always had an affinity for writing and communication. Aside from Lunch, English was my favorite part of grade school.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? Definitely being a part of my sorority! Being able to hang out, study, and do volunteer work with girls who are just like me has really made my college experience a memorable one.
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? My coolest experience so far has been being an Orientation Leader a couple summers ago. I loved working with the new freshmen as they came in.
What has been your favorite class? Business Communication.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? I love hanging out at my sorority house with all my sisters. It's a great place where I can get some studying done, hang out with my sisters, or just take a quick nap on the couch between classes!
Who has been your favorite professor? Misty York is my favorite professor. All of the classes I have with her are a great time thanks to her dry humor and her ability to connect what we're learning to real world situations. She doesn't even mind when I ask her a question after class and we end up spending an hour talking about Critical Rhetoric on an article I read that week.
How has SPSU surprised you? I've been surprised with the connections I've been able to make with all of my professors here. They really care about our futures and helping us do our best.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? I'm gonna have to choose a good old-fashioned baseball bat.
John Pulicare, Mechatronics Engineering '14
Activities on campus: Orientation Leader, Sigma Nu Fraternity
What advice would you give to new students? Balance and utilize your time wisely. If you don’t, you can easily fall behind and dig yourself into a hole which can affect other aspects of your college experience.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? Greek events: Goat Night and Greek Week. The competition is intense and incredibly fun!
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? Greek events such as Goat Night and Greek Week. The competition is intense and incredibly fun!
What has been your favorite class? Engineering Design Graphics 2! I never thought I would ever be able to learn some of the things I did in that class. I loved the looks I got from my family and friends when I showed them what I was creating and modeling on the computer. It was so cool!
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? The University Columns! It is the ultimate place to hang out outside, play some sports, and have a good time with my fraternity and the other Greek organizations as well.
Who has been your favorite professor? Gregory Conrey. He has an amazing sense of humor and incredible teaching skills. It is one of the classes I’ve taken here that I truly looked forward to attending, had a lot of fun, had a lot of good laughs, and truly learned a ton of useful information and skills to put towards my potential future career.
Why did you choose SPSU? Unlike other large schools, you aren’t one ant in an ant colony. You are a member of the SPSU family which ultimately makes my college experience better each day. Plus, the school’s credentials are fantastic. The education is challenging and makes me feel like I am getting a true education and gathering the necessary skills I need for my dream career.
Why did you choose your major? I was a member of a Robotics team in high school which opened my eyes to all the career opportunities in Mechatronics and Robotics. My dream is to be an Engin”Ear” at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World is a Mechatronics major’s dream! And getting a Mechatronics degree at SPSU is my best shot to get there. In addition, SPSU is one of the few universities in the whole country to offer a degree in Mechatronics Engineering.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? A shovel. I could barricade a door, dig traps, bust open vending machines, and use it for good old fashion blunt force trauma or slice and dice!
Sana Yasmeen, Biology '15
Why did you choose your major? My parents brought me up in an environment where contributing to society has been the epitome of life. They’ve endowed these qualities upon me due to which I don’t just live, but I live for others. I hope to someday enter medical school and hopefully carry on these virtues in order to improve the lives of those around me. In my opinion, a Bachelor’s degree in my favorite subject from grade school is the best stepping stone towards that goal.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? Playing Airsoft with the SPSU Airsoft team and leaving the arena with “battle wounds”.
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? Working on campus (at the Student Center information desk, the REC desk, and as a writer for the student newspaper) has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since I came to SPSU. I’ve made numerous new friends and gotten involved so much that it turned my college experience around.
What has been your favorite class? Global Issues. This is my favorite because I use a bit of what I learned from this class in conversation almost every day. It’s one of those classes which you shouldn’t take just because you need a political science elective, but because you’d like to become a better citizen.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? The University Columns, for sure! It’s THE place to be Friday nights, when all I want to do is unravel from school stress. I’ve had some unforgettable memories with the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta and gentlemen from Pi Kappa Phi here.
Who has been your favorite professor? It’s a tie between Brian Gridley and Jennifer Louten! I haven’t had more enthusiastic teachers in my entire student career. Mr. Gridley has the most genuine and down to earth personality I’ve ever seen in a teacher and Dr. Louten further increased my desire to remain a biology major due to her passionate teaching.
How has SPSU surprised you? The amazing quality of teaching provided here never ceases to amaze me and that is why a degree from SPSU is a prestigious one.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? A sword, because you can’t run out of ammo or arrows.
Ryan Murray, Computer Game Design and Development '16
Why did you choose your major? As a child, I grew up playing video games on a regular basis. When I entered high school, I took two programming classes where I fell in love with programming video games.
What has been your best SPSU extra-curricular activity? I've had a blast swimming with the SPSU Swim Club in my free time. I've met new friends and competed against other schools in swim meets.
What has been your coolest SPSU experience so far? So far, the Humans vs. Zombies Competition has been my favorite experience. It was awesome to see zombie students chasing after human students with Nerf guns during all hours of the day.
What has been your favorite class? I would have to say Fundamentals of Game Design has been favorite. In this class, students create their own board games to gain a better perspective of game design.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out? Some days after class, friends and I will go to the Student Center to play pool. It's a lot of fun.
Who has been your favorite professor? Jon Preston is my favorite professor because his lectures are awesome and like his students, he's a big gamer.
How has SPSU surprised you? I love how SPSU has a small school atmosphere but at the same time, has a lot of socializing events. Also, professors are always there to answer your questions, even if class isn't in session.
What one tool do you think you would need to survive a zombie apocalypse? The only tool I would need in a zombie apocalypse is a baseball bat.