Rebecca Etter, a 2020 graduate of Mercer University‘s School of Engineering, earned a Master of Science in Engineering.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to pursue work as an environmental engineer. Although I have yet to accept a position, I am certain that Mercer has prepared me to perform my job to the best of my ability. My time at Mercer has given me confidence both professionally and personally. This confidence will serve me well as I more forward into the workforce.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

It is so hard to pick just one. My orientation group had some absolutely wonderful memories. I am still friends with several members of my group, and I really cherish the memory of signing our names on the tower. Another favorite memory is my Public Health class’s Secret Santa gift exchange at Margaritas. All of the environmental engineering majors from the class of 2019 were there. We had so much fun celebrating the end of the semester. It was one of the last times we were all able to gather together before classes and other scheduling obligations began separating us during our final spring semester. I am so thankful for the memories we were able to make before graduation.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is a toss up between Differential Equations and Public Health. Both classes were so much fun due to the professor-student relationships, and both classes had a family atmosphere that made learning fun. All of the students from my Public Health class even met for Secret Santa after our last final exam. We learned about Public Health and strengthened our friendships, too: a real win-win.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Enjoy your time at Mercer to the fullest extent possible. It goes by so quickly! Focus on your academics but also on your personal development as Mercer has excellent opportunities for both.

What makes Mercer special to you?

The relationship the professors have with the students is so special at Mercer. The professors care for the students in a much deeper way than just in the classroom. They care about personal and professional matters as well as providing great role models in the field of study. Once, the dean of the engineering school even jumped my car in the parking lot! That’s hero material right there!

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