Encounter Engineering at LSU Before School Starts

Encounter Engineering (E2) Camp begins in just a few weeks for our incoming class of 2019. For you younger students out there, here’s some more information about our camp and a blog from a student who’s not only attended the camp herself, but worked for it as an upperclassmen.

About Encounter Engineering
Encounter Engineering (E2) is a one week bridge camp hosted the week before the fall semester each year. It introduces incoming engineering, construction management, and computer science first-year students to the College of Engineering and helps them transition from high school to college mindsets. Dedicated staff, counselors, and peer mentors work hard to give these students everything they need to succeed. Each group of incoming freshmen is paired with a peer mentor that is either currently in the student’s preferred major or a major of interest in the College of Engineering. Peer mentors guide students through a variety of activities, lead design and professional development sessions, and host evening activities with industry personnel.


Giselle Medina

Giselle Medina

Hi, my name is Giselle Medina, and I am currently a senior in mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University as well as a peer mentor for the Society of Peer Mentors. I am originally from Beaumont, Texas, so coming to LSU not knowing anyone else in engineering was stressful to think about.

As an incoming freshmen, participating in Encounter Engineering (E2) created a smooth transition from high school to college academics. One of the great things that my family and I liked about this camp is that I got to move in a week early and adjust to the campus before college classes even started. This was such a comfort since I was able to become familiar with the buildings and campus a week in advance. While this was great, I quickly realized how much more this program had to offer.

A few weeks before camp even started, I remember getting an email from my peer mentor introducing herself and telling me all about Encounter Engineering. Just this simple act was enough to get me excited! I could not wait! The first day of camp, my parents and I went to the theater in the LSU Student Union and were introduced to our peer mentor and student groups. After that, I remember saying goodbye to my parents, going to my residence hall, and making friends with other campers immediately. Not only was this camp an eye opener to life as an engineering student at LSU, but it was a great way for me to make friends and get to know students before school even started!

I remember the first few days were super eventful. We were working on a Rube Goldberg design project with our team which helped us get a better understanding of what engineering was like. A Rube Goldberg is a project where you complete a simple task in as many steps as possible. We were given a limited amount of supplies with some “currency” we could use at a “shop” in case we wanted to buy more supplies. The team with the most steps, least amount of money spent, and a successful Rube Goldberg would win the contest. Unfortunately, my team did not win, but it was still a fun and insightful experience!

Students at Encounter Engineering camp

Students at Encounter Engineering camp

I also attended mock calculus and physics classes during camp and met some of my future professors. I knew my calculus and physics professor before school even started! Each class was set up to be an example of what an actual college class was like. This proved to be another big help for me because I had a better understanding of what to expect. Towards the end of E2, we all attended a large industry dinner with industry personnel from different companies. This was a huge opportunity for us since we were able to network with professionals before our other classmates.

One of my favorite parts about the camp was the academic discussions with peer mentors and faculty about transitioning into college, as well as how to keep up good grades and a social life. No one can give better advice than a student who has been in your shoes and has gone through the classes you will be going through. The entire experience was invaluable and definitely helped prepare me for my first day. Without E2, I would not have met the friends I currently have today. I would not have had a role model and mentor in my major that I could go to for advice or academic help. Most importantly, I would not have become a peer mentor and helped other incoming freshmen as I do today.

So why should you consider Encounter Engineering? I would say for a few reasons. It has been observed that students who went attended the E2 camp were more likely to stay in the College of Engineering and succeed in their classes versus students who didn’t participate. Just one week of mock classes, team building, discussions, design challenges, and more led to tremendous outcomes. Also, students are given a valuable connection through Encounter Engineering – their peer mentor. My first summer as a peer mentor, I had a group of four students. Even after camp was over, I kept in contact with most of them. I was able to give them study aid books and online copies of my textbooks that helped them in their freshmen classes. I was able to answer any questions they had about the campus or the College of Engineering. I was able to give them advice about mechanical engineering classes, and it simply goes on from there. The last reason, and a big reason why I participated, was because it gave my parents and me peace of mind about starting college. My parents knew that I would be in good hands and learn from the program. I knew that I had an extra week to learn about LSU, learn from upperclassmen in the College of Engineering, and meet my classmates before school started.

– Giselle Medina
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

For more information about Encounter Engineering, please visit our website at www.eng.lsu.edu/current/freshmen/e2.

Opting In for the Engineering Co-Op

Shane Harrington at an LSU football game.

Shane Harrington

My name is Shane Harrington and I am a junior chemical engineering student. I recently chose to accept a co-op with MAVERICK Technologies for the spring semester. I know that taking a co-op is always a tough decision for many engineering students. Leaving school to work in a whole new town while you watch your friends continue on through their academics is not an easy decision to make. The reason I accepted the co-op is because I felt that experience means a lot to employers, and to obtain a job in the industry upon graduation you need a great resume that sets you apart. What better way to gain practical experience than working with industry professionals for six months?

After the first three weeks working for MAVERICK in Pensacola, Fl I knew that my decision was the right one. I have learned more in three weeks than I could have ever imagined possible. I wish I was a sponge so that I could just absorb all the knowledge thrown my way. Working with a team of experienced engineers to solve real world problems has been extremely rewarding. Also taking what I have learned in my courses and applying that to real situations is a crazy feeling on its own.

I obtained this co-op by attending the career fair at LSU. I talked to several recruiters and then went through the interview process. If I had one piece of advice to give to a fellow student it would be to utilize the resources that LSU gives you and take advantage the great opportunities that are thrown you way. In the grand scheme of things, one extra year of college is nothing if it means a successful life and career after you graduate.

Geaux Tigers!

 By Shane Harrington
Chemical Engineering


The College of Engineering is proud to partner with the LSU Olinde Career Center to provide job opportunities for our students. We encourage all of our Engineering students to check out the resources that the LSU Olinde Career Center provides, including their upcoming career expos!

College of Engineering Networking Reception
February 11, 2015
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Student Union Ballroom
This Pre-Expo Networking Reception allows employers participating in the Expo to visit with Engineering students in a more intimate setting than the Expo provides.

All Majors Career Expo
February 12, 2015
10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: PMAC
This event will be a one-day all majors career expo. The Engineering Expo will take place on the PMAC arena floor.

10 Tips to Help you Prepare for Finals Week

Updated 11/30/2016

Finals week is quickly approaching at LSU, and it’s essential that you plan ahead to not only survive in your classes, but to thrive academically, physically and mentally. Check out these tips to help you prepare for finals week.

1. Plan ahead.
Double-check the times and dates of your finals. Ask your professors whether the exam will be cumulative so you can plan your studying ahead of time. Create a study schedule, write it down and stick to it! It’s never too early to begin tackling those formulas and concepts.

Plan ahead.

Plan ahead.

2. Eat healthy.
It can be really easy to drink energy drinks and eat junk food while studying. Try to avoid sugary and fatty snacks and replace them with fresh fruit, vegetables and water. You’ll feel better and have more energy.

3. Get sleep.
We’ve all heard that you can only pick two of these things in college: good grades, a social life and sleep. This is a blatant lie. It is possible to get a good eight hours of sleep each night while still maintaining good grades and good friendships. Start studying now so you won’t have to pull all-nighters during dead week. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle those exams.

Get sleep.

Get sleep.

4. Get help from the LSU Center for Academic Success.
Did you know that the Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring for dozens of classes, including math, chemistry and physics? The best part is that tutoring at CAS is free, and no appointment is necessary. Check out the CAS website to learn which tutoring sessions are available.

5. Learn to reduce stress from the LSU Center for Academic Success.
No one said college would be easy. In fact, many students feel symptoms of stress and anxiety while in school. You should know that you are not alone with your emotions, and that there are ways to battle stress. Check out ways to assess, manage and reduce stress from the Center for Academic Success. If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, LSU Mental Health Services is a helpful and confidential resource for all students.

6. Get help with your writing from CxC.
Whether you’re writing a book report, English essay or engineering research report, LSU’s Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) can give you feedback and help with all your writing. Schedule an appointment with a CxC writing coach now in order to learn how to improve your papers.

Get help with your writing.

Get help with your writing.

7. Study at the library, reserve a room.
Do you struggle with finding a table to study at the library? Worry no more by reserving a study room at Middleton. You can use these rooms to practice presentations, collaborate for group study or study quietly with friends. Middleton is now open 24/5, so you can stay late at the library if need be.

8. Get help with research from a librarian.
Are you searching for a source for your research to no avail? All of LSU’s librarians are here to serve you, and help you will all your research needs. You can consult librarians with a one-on-one appointment or via email, phone or even text.

9. Go to the Student Health Center at the first signs of sickness.
When temperatures drop, students get sick. Be it a cough, fever or aches, the Student Health Center can help you. Schedule an appointment with a doctor at the first sign of sickness to avoid fighting illness along with your studies. If the Student Health Center is all booked, you can still see a nurse without an appointment.

10. Stay active.
Working out is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress and get your mind moving. Make it a habit to get active multiple times a day in order to stay healthy. The UREC offers cardio machines, weight machines, basketball courts, tennis courts and GroupX Fitness classes that feature yoga, zumba, kickboxing and more.

Stay active. (Photo courtesy of LSU Daily Reveille)

Stay active.
(Photo courtesy of LSU Daily Reveille)

– Contributed by Danielle Kelley
LSU College of Engineering communications intern