Emily Ballantyne. 21.

Amherst. Philadelphia. Santiago.

An engineering student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, my second co-op found me at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. I was thrilled! After 10 months of putting together this experience, I was excited to finally be able to reap the rewards of all of the planning. It was a long process, and a lot of paperwork, but was well-worth it. I lived and worked in Santiago, Chile for six months: from mid-September 2014 through mid-March 2015 conducting research for my second of three co-ops throughout my undergraduate program.

I grew up in the small town of Amherst, NH, about an hour north of Boston, MA. I went through the Amherst public school system, was active in school, sports, and the community, and chose to attend Drexel for it’s co-op program and strong engineering curriculum. Life in Philadelphia is a certainly a change in pace from Amherst, but being in the city and being part of a large research institution has opened doors that I did not even realize were available to me. Do I miss New England? Absolutely. Am I happy in Philly? Most definitely. While I enjoy New England and will likely return later in life, for now, I’m having fun living in the city and taking advantage of all that it has to offer.

Have something you want to ask or just want to say hi? I’m no longer in Santiago, but I’d still love to hear from you! Send me a message below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


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