Daniel Ricker

Architectural Engineering, 2017
Hometown: Omaha, NE
High School: Creighton Preparatory High School
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What’s great about your major?

Architectural Engineering gives me the opportunity and the knowledge to explore a wide variety of subjects related to engineering. We take courses on topics from lighting to acoustics, structures to fire protection. This allows me the flexibility to work in all different types of companies and to find what specialties interest me.

Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

After stepping on campus and seeing all that KU has to offer; the dedication and effort that the faculty put into their students, I knew that KU was right for me. There are numerous opportunities for students to succeed both inside and outside the classroom, through clubs, organizations, as well as projects and research. I’ve always known that I wanted to study engineering, and KU’s academics and reputation cannot be beat in the Midwest.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I have yet to decide if I will be attending graduate school. If I do attend grad school, I will be looking for a Masters in Fire Protection. If I go directly into the workforce, I will look for a job that involves fire protection, probably somewhere in the Midwest. I also wish to stay involved in many of the things that I am passionate about like refereeing soccer matches and volunteering.

What do you like most about KU?

By far the best part of being a Jayhawk is the community. There are so many ways to get involved, participate in school events, fundraisers, sporting events, intramurals and everything in between. This sense of community also extends into the classroom. I have sought help from nearly every teacher and professor that I have had, and every one of them has been willing to help. The number of resources for tutoring as well as extra guidance for financial, employment and legal troubles also gives me peace of mind.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

My biggest piece of advice would be to get involved early.  Becoming involved early in your KU career has so many benefits.  

  1. You can meet new people through different groups.
  2. You can get a feel for what graduates in your major are doing after school.
  3. Take on responsibilities and make yourself more time efficient.
  4. Develop skills of working in a team towards a common objective.

Getting involved will make you feel valuable to the KU community, and give you a sense of belonging at the University.


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