Rachel Bender

Petroleum Engineering, 2017
Hometown: Lincolnwood, IL
High School: Niles West High School
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What’s great about your major?

Petroleum Engineering provides me with a technical perspective into the energy industry, which not only possesses a rich history, but also continues to play a major role in our everyday lives.

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

The students and faculty within the KU School of Engineering have gone out of their way to be my supporters and to ensure that I can reach my greatest potential not only as an engineer, but also as a professional.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I would love to work for an energy company and explore the different facets of the Energy Industry.

What do you like most about KU?

My favorite thing about KU is our ability to come together; whether for a basketball game or studying for a final, everyone is always willing to support one another.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Never be afraid to ask for help.


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