By Alison Meisenheimer
Freshmen don’t always know how to get involved on campus, but first-year biomedical engineering major Madelynn Bramm hit the ground running as soon as she arrived at Northern Illinois University.
Even though she commutes to campus, Bramm has gotten involved around the university, including taking on a position as trip leader with NIU’s Outdoor Adventures Club. She was recently chosen to be an Outdoor Nation College Ambassador. These ambassadors of the National Park Service “use their unique skills and abilities to inspire their campuses and communities to get up and get outdoors,” according to the website of the Outdoor IndustryAssociation.
Bramm chose biomedical engineering because it combines her love of math with her passion for animals.
“I hope the lessons and skills I learn in the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology can one day help me design and build prosthetics for animals,” she said.
Bramm, of Kirkland, chose NIU because it is close to home and offers so many experiences to students. She encourages other Huskies to seek out activities they might enjoy using the Huskie Link web resource.
“There are so many different media pages for clubs, organizations, and college departments where students can learn about upcoming events and how to get involved,” she said.
She noted that taking the first step to get involved is the hardest part, especially for a new student. But once you push yourself a little outside of your comfort zone, you will be glad you did, she said.
“You have to try new, different things to be able to grow and learn. The best way to learn is through your own experiences,” Bramm said.
For more information about Outdoor Adventures, visit the Campus Rec Center. To follow news from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, follow @NIUEngineering on Facebook and @niuceet on Twitter.