Hey guys, for those of you who do not know me, my name is Antoine Chamoun-Farah and I am a sophomore studying chemical engineering and mathematics through the dual degree program with Washington University in St. Louis. This past Christmas break I was fortunate enough to go take the “January Intensive Term” (J-Term) at Washington University. I was enrolled in the Engineering Mechanics class, a semester-long course which I took in the span eleven days. While it was very intensive and fast paced, it confirmed that I wanted to do engineering because of how much I enjoyed the course and the school. A typical day at Washington included waking up around 6:30, taking the shuttle to the university at 8:30am and having class from 9am-5:00pm (with a lunch break and some intermediate breaks between problem solving and class time).
Another reason I wanted to participate in J-Term was so that I could explore Washington University (with the little free time that I had). Even though I did not get much time to go out and explore, the university campus is beautiful (I’ve attached some pictures at the bottom) and the faculty and engineering services staff were very welcoming. If you are at all interested in engineering or are not sure if it is for you, I would highly recommend doing the J-term and seeing how the class goes.
Overall, I had an amazing time at Washington University and hope that others will consider taking this course next Christmas break. If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com
Thanks for sharing your experience, Antoine!