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Home Issue No 51| Winter Quarter | February/March 2011


Student of the Month

Edwin Sanjaya - Indonesia

Edwin Sanjaya - Indonesia

Edwin Sanjaya is one of Green River's top engineering students.

Edwin Sanyaya is from Indonesia. According to Jeff McCauley, Engineering Instructor, Edwin is one of the top engineering students at GRCC. His goal is to major in Aeronautical Engineering and transfer to MIT.

Why did you choose to study at Green River College?

"My father wanted me to go to community college for my first two years (to save money). My father chose Green River College because my sister, Devina Sanjaya, had a great experience and great achievements at GRCC." 

Devina also majored in Aeronautical Engineering and is currently a senior at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Also, GRCC offers a lot of scholarship opportunities for students every year through GRCC Foundation and International Programs.  "I received 3 scholarships for a total of $5,000: Paul G. Dong Memorial Scholarship for engineering students from GRCC Foundation, and two scholarships from International Programs (Achievement, Merit, & Leadership Scholarships for new GRCC students and Achievement Scholarship for current GRCC students)."

"I also work part-time on campus which gives me extra money and work experience. Currently I work as a Math tutor at the Math Learning Center for four hours a week, as a Math Grader for GRCC Math Division for five hours a week, and as an Economics tutor for six hours a week."

What are your thoughts about GRCC's Engineering Program?

"GRCC's Engineering program is really good. The instructors are really helpful and they give us a lot of good advice and use real life examples.

ENGR 100 - Careers in Engineering was very helpful. In this class we created a degree plan.  We learn what classes we need to take in order to transfer into our selected major."

Jeff McCauley is my Engineering instructor and advisor.  He goes out of his way to help me succeed. Currently he is helping me apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. 'This scholarship provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 50 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.'"

"GRCC has an Engineering Club known as American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME). There are a lot of projects that students can get involved in, such as CO2 cars races, mini catapults, building a rocket, etc. The club is open to all students at GRCC, so even if you are not an engineering students, you still can join the club."

Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share about GRCC?

"GRCC is a really good place to study. I like living near trails where I can walk and enjoy the beauty of Mount Rainier. It really helped me to clear my mind my first 9 months here."

GRCC is a diverse learning community. Lots of GRCC students are from different backgrounds, and if we get involved on campus, we can meet so many people, and improve our communication skills.


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