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Clarkson Student Spotlight: June '11

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Kimberly Conte '12
Chemical Engineering

Pompey, NY native Kimberly Conte is the perfect example of a well-rounded student-athlete. The women’s lacrosse player and chemical engineering major has learned how to really balance sports, school and social life. And, as a resident advisor, she also gets to share what she has learned over the past three years with her residents. We caught up with Kimberly to see if she’d share some of it with us, too. Check it out.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?
A:  This summer, I’ll be helping with the Horizons program at Clarkson. I get to help younger women who are interested in science or engineering. I’m really looking forward to it!

Q: Why did you choose chemical engineering?
A:  I originally wanted to major in chemistry. I loved the classes I was taking and really wanted to go into research. However, after a lot of thought I realized that chemical engineering would allow me to do more. I’d have a lot more options in the future, but it would allow me to always fall back into the chemistry field if I chose to. 

Q: What has been your favorite class so far?

A:  Human Motivation! It’s a psychology course that I took as an elective my sophomore year, and I loved it! It explained a lot to me and it makes you look a lot deeper into someone’s personality. I learned so much more about myself after taking that course, and I really enjoyed it. 

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

A:  Disney movies, especially the princess ones. I’m a five-year-old at heart.

Q: What does “defy convention” mean to you?

A:  Being creative! Clarkson really drills this idea into your head and forces you to think differently, especially when it comes to problem solving and leadership roles. 

Q: What unique experiences have you had at Clarkson?

A:  Being an RA has really impacted my life.  You get to work with so many different people and personalities, and make so many new friends along the way. It’s also forces you to think on the fly and be creative and spontaneous, which I enjoy. I feel like I’ve grown a lot since becoming an RA, and it’s definitely been a great learning experience.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A:  I’ve been riding horses my entire life, and it’s definitely something I miss since coming to Clarkson.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

A:  For studying, I’d have to say the TAC (Technology Advancement Center). If I just want to relax and get away for a while, I’ll usually run on the ROTC trails or to the Observation deck. It’s really relaxing and peaceful, and no one is ever out there. 

Q: Why did you choose Clarkson?

A:  I really don’t know how to explain it; it just felt like the right school. I’m sure part of it had to do with the small town feel (I’m from an extremely rural area with less people than Clarkson’s campus), in which I feel comfortable. I was also impressed with the science and engineering programs here. Four of my uncles graduated from here as electrical engineers and one chemical engineer, so that helped my decision as well.  

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Kimberly Conte '12