Emily Cummings ’12 admits to having always had an affinity for math and science, and she enjoys problem solving. Engineering has been a career path that has appealed to her for years. However, in her three years at HWS, her liberal arts experience has broadened her horizons and she has formed a deep interest in the environment.
The Avon, Conn., native is enrolled in the joint engineering program between HWS and Dartmouth College. Through the program, Cummings will be one of several HWS students finishing their bachelor’s degrees at an affiliated institution.
Cummings, an environmental studies and engineering double-major, has spent her first three years of undergraduate study at HWS and will begin two more years of study at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College this fall. Following her Ivy-League education, she will receive a B.S. from HWS and a B.S. in engineering from Dartmouth, and will be well-prepared to pursue a career in environmental engineering.
“The classes I have taken at HWS have opened my eyes to alternate ways of viewing environmental issues,” she says. “The Environmental Studies program at HWS allows students to learn about environmental concerns through differing lenses. I look forward to looking at the scientific and technical side in my studies at Dartmouth.”
In reflecting on her time at HWS, she says her foundation at William Smith has provided an experience she categorizes as “interesting,” “challenging,” and “exciting.”
In the photo above, Cummings works with the Go Green initiative on campus to paint bikes to be used on campus.