Cassie Byrd, Trine engineering major
Professors who obviously enjoy their work, an academic environment second to none and activities for expressing your full range of talents — Cassie Byrd enjoys all of this at Trine University.
"I love that all of my professors enjoy what they are doing. They want to be there to help you succeed. They are also very laid back, easygoing people, and that makes it easier to learn, in and out of the classroom," the Trine engineering student said.
Academic and faculty quality plays a huge role in her professional and personal development. "The academic quality is at the highest university standards. The professors push you to reach your full potential," she said. "Dr. Bill Barry has made a huge impact on me. He is able to really relate to all the students. He makes class fun and enables us to learn how to lighten up, even though they are tough classes."
The closeness and small–town atmosphere also make Trine unique, Cassie said. "Trine is a very unique place. There are many things to do here, yet it is such a small town. Everyone is very personable and willing to go out of their way to help you. I love the fact that it is a small school and you are able to walk to class and see someone you know. It is almost like everyone knows your name."
For Byrd, the chances to refine her social and athletic skills add to the value of her Trine student experience. "I absolutely love being a part of campus life. I have met so many people through all the activities that go on throughout campus. I have also been able to participate in many philanthropic projects due to my sorority. I have made many lifelong friendships over the past three years."
A member of the conference champion softball team, she also belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers and Kappa Sigma Alpha sorority. She also helped build last year′s concrete canoe for an annual engineering competition.