Student Profile

David Robbins '16

Mechanical Engineering major

What's your favorite spot on campus?

Jeanmarie 364. It's a windowless room where I do all my work. When I have a lot of work to do on the weekend it's easier if I don't know what I'm missing out on outside.

What's one thing you've learned at St. Mike's that's been surprising or inspiring?

I thought I couldn't learn much more than what I did in high school, but at St. Mike's, I've had these difficult classes where there's so much more material. But then you step up to the challenge. It's just a matter of seeing that you're capable of doing way more than you originally thought.

How do you give back to the community?

I'm president of the Bike Club and we're running a new bike-share program and a mechanic shop on the weekends so I can help fix students' bikes.

Summer Research?

I got involved in summer research when I was invited as one of Professor Jo Ellis Monaghan's Calculus III students to work with her over the summer. I worked with Nate Hodge to creating prisms that can be built out of DNA, trying to minimize the amount of different "tiles", to keep the cost and complexity down. It's cool to see my research being directly applied to something.

What makes you happy?

I ski, rock climb and bike, but biking is my favorite thing to do. That's how I relax and spend my free time. I started bike racing two years ago and won the last race I as in!

What are you grateful for at St. Mike's?

The way the classes are run. I've experienced the much larger classes at UVM, and professors there can't focus as much on the individual students. Here, it's a completely different atmosphere where the professors are much more invested students' success. It's a more personal relationship.

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