Jasmine Htoon first learned about The University of Tulsa on a campus tour.
“From my first step on campus, something just felt right,” she said. “I wanted a small school that had the resources of a larger school, that was close to home, and that would challenge me and provide opportunities for me to excel in my academic and professional career.”
Htoon visited TU while still a student at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
As a junior who is double majoring in chemical engineering and environmental policy, Htoon is passionate about chemistry and math and enjoys the real-world problem-solving skills she’s acquired as a TU student. As much as she enjoys engineering, Htoon said studying in multiple disciplines gives her the opportunity to learn from different perspectives.
“I chose to do two majors because of TU’s flexible core curriculum,” she said. “I was able to take courses in communications, economics and even foreign languages – none of which I would have had time to do at another university.”
One of the highlights of Htoon’s college experience came in summer 2012 when she worked as a field intern for a natural gas company. Through her summer internship, she glimpsed what the future holds for her career.
“I worked on scenarios that I had learned about in my classes,” she said. “I couldn’t be more excited to combine what I’ve learned in both school and out in the field. The most important lesson I have learned is to expect the unexpected!”
Htoon also is very involved on campus as a member of Engineers Without Borders, Leaders Inc. and Tau Beta Pi. She networks with engineering professionals as a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. In 2012, she teamed up with some of her peers to participate in the regional Chem-E-Car competition through AIChE. The TU group won regionals and competed in the national contest.
“The Chem-E-Car award is probably one of the things I’m most proud of since coming to TU,” she said.
Htoon is excited to serve as TU’s Chem-E-Car team captain in 2013, and she looks forward to not only designing another car, but also connecting with her peers as they work toward a common goal.
“The best part of being active is the friends I’ve made in the process – friends and memories that will last beyond my college years,” she said. “I cherish all the moments I’ve experienced. I’m so glad I chose TU!”