Kristen Garcia
Milan, Tn.
Engineering Physics with a Mathematics minor
Junior, Class of May 2015

Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I started as a freshman.

Why did you choose Murray State?
I originally came to play tennis on the women’s team, but after an injury left me unable to continue, I chose to stay and advance in my major.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I am involved in IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers which I helped reform in 2011. I am also in the AOPi sorority where I hold the ‘Keeper of Ritual’ office. It has been a learning experience for me and has made it possible for me to meet lots of different people. It has also helped me to learn about different majors on campus and not just my own.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
I’ve become more of a risk taker. I was always afraid of no, and I have learned that it’s better to ask the question and go for it no matter what the response or reaction may be.

What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
It was taking initiative for myself. In college you have to go to the library and do research and find your way to the answer, instead of going to a high school teacher that may have automatically given it to you. The professors here make you think for yourself while still being there to guide you if you need it.

What do you like about engineering physics? Have you learned anything unique about engineering physics at Murray State?
It is a unique major just to start with. Not many schools offer it, maybe 30 to 40 in the nation. Our professors are top-notch, we get to do lots of projects and hands on work. All the classes I take in my major come full circle into practical application.

What are your career plans after graduation?
I plan to attend graduate school with a focus in power electronics and power systems. And my research here has helped me to understand that is what I enjoy doing most.