For fourth-year mechanical engineering student Laura Ndoigo, a post-graduate job naturally fell into place. Like most engineering students, Ndoigo completed an internship both as part of her courses and as an opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. What she didn’t know was that her internship would lead to a job offer.
Ndoigo thrived in his final semester of his college career; she dealt with extracurricular courses, university research and internships. Her journey, however, began slowly. As an international first-year student, she Ndoigo felt far from home, but she quickly realized that the University of Ohio would be home to many of her “firsts” in her first year.
“University of Ohio and Athens [will always be] my first home in the United States. It will forever be the first place I met my friends and established good contacts and achievements, “reflected Ndoigo.
The key to his success in the beginning was to embrace the community around the university. He accepted a post as a university researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment. She has also been involved in the African Student Union, the Student Senate, Global Ambassadors and Engineering Ambassadors. She found various support networks looking for ways to strengthen her personal, academic and professional interests.
“I had the hardest time when I was a freshman because I was new to Athens, the US and the University of Ohio. I had to convince myself it was okay to ask for help,” Ndoigo said.
In her senior year, Ndoigo is an engineering student who leads by example. As an engineering ambassador, she regularly interacts with prospective students to share her experiences at the University of Ohio, including how they have shaped her future as she approaches graduation.
Her future after college was cemented after she was interned at Smiths Medical, now ICU Medical, in Plymouth, Minnesota, which specializes in biotechnology manufacturing. This internship was exactly in line with her professional interests.
“I chose mechanical engineering because I wanted to enter an essential field: biotechnology,” said Ndoigo.
During his internship, he learned the early stages of manufacturing medical equipment. As summer was drawing to a close, she was offered a full-time post after graduation. Her position will allow her to work in a research and development laboratory, designing and analyzing experiments, which will support ICU Medical’s creation of new products.
Ndoigo’s journey to secure a job wasn’t defined by his first hurdles. Instead, she embraced community, support and friendship to guide her through her academic career and find her a job doing exactly what she hoped to do when she started college at OHIO.
Now, as a student who regularly interacts with prospective students, she can give them advice.
“Always say yes to any opportunities in college. Just do it. You don’t know what it will lead to, ”Ndoigo said.