Renee Lassen '13 recognized for balancing military training and challenging mechanical engineering major
Renee Lassen’s mechanical engineering major demands that she spend hours a day at computers, designing systems and writing code to make those work. But to keep her jam-packed schedule in order, she swears by something positively quaint – a thick, pink paisley day-planner, its pages crammed with her neat, tiny writing. As an engineering third-year at Vanderbilt University, a public affairs officer for the university’s Naval ROTC unit and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, Lassen is accustomed to finding what works best for varied aspects of her life.
“It’s honestly time management,” she said. “You have to recognize when your work responsibility takes precedent. You can’t be afraid if you find out all of your friends are going out on a Tuesday night when you have a test the next morning – you don’t have time to do that. Students in some of the other majors might.”
At a Feb. 8 banquet, the School of Engineering honored its students who participate in ROTC and Vanderbilt athletics. The event recognized all the extra hours of work such pursuits require.
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