Catch up with 2012 graduate Anna Eggert.
Name: Anna Eggert
Year Graduated Westover: 2012
College/University attended: Lehigh University
College/University Graduation Year: Lehigh University, 2017 BS: Civil Engineering; Minor: Studio Art
1. Going from Westover to college that first year, how did Westover prepare you to head into a brand new environment, socially/academics, etc.?
Socially the transition was quite easy for me. I was certainly nervous considering I did not know anyone in this new environment but I found that people were very friendly and happy to help. Much like at Westover all of the students were eager to be there so it made the transition very easy. Academically however the transition was more challenging. Larger class sizes and office hours were a hard adjustment to make. I missed having the small classroom atmosphere where the teacher looked after each student and went out of their way to make sure I succeeded. However, Westover did prepare me to deal with a heavy workload and manage my time when it came to academics.
2. How did Westover give you the confidence to find yourself or find success in college?
Westover taught me that you don't have to be shy around your classmates and to ask for help from your peers. Having the confidence to open up to others and get to know your classmates helped me to be successful in college. I had the confidence to ask the smart folks in the class for help which lead me to be a part of their homework sessions and study groups. This made the large classroom setting a lot less daunting.
3. What is something you discovered about yourself during your four years? Meaning a new passion, deciding on a major, etc.?
The biggest thing I discovered about myself was that I was choosing my course load and majors based on what I thought would be impressive to others rather than what was realistic for me. I wanted to impress my parents and colleagues by maxing out my schedule and that came back to bite me when I had to retake classes. It's important to note that college is not a sprint and that you do not have to stress over the things that don't make you happy.
4. Life after college: Since graduating, what are you up to? Pursuing graduate school/jumping into the workforce?
I will be the first to admit that I don't love school, studying, research etc. That being said, grad school and continued education were never on my radar. After graduating I jumped right into the workforce. I began my first job mid-August of 2017. I was working as a design engineer for Bohler Engineering. I was doing all of the civil construction drawings for new commercial development in mostly in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area where I now live. In December of 2018 I decided to switch gears and apply my civil Engineering knowledge into a more development related role. I took a job with Toll Brothers Apartment Living team in Dallas as an Assistant Project Manager where I oversee the development lifecycle and budgets for the construction of new apartment buildings.
5. How did you decide on what to do after graduating? What was that thought-process like for you?
The process for me was rather simple. I was eager to start making money. I have always been particularly drawn to Dallas, TX especially due to all of the construction going on in the area. I focused my job search solely in Dallas. After receiving four job offers: two in Dallas and two elsewhere I narrowed it down to Bohler Engineering and up and moved to a brand new city to start "adulting."
6. For you, how valuable are the Westover connections?
I value my Westover friendships very much. I still stay in touch with my colleagues and I am very grateful for those connections because they are lifelong friends. However I wish that Westover had a better means for networking with alumnae in a similar career field. I would like to be able to communicate with Westover Women for career advice and planning. [ Ed. Note: Check out westoverconnect.org, Westover's online networking platform designed to connect alumnae and build your Westover network!]
7. For the upcoming Class of 2019, what advice would you give them as they prepare to start their senior year, college applications, and thinking about life after Westover?
My advice would be to get the applications done as soon as possible. As dreaded as it was I am extremely grateful for college boot camp because it forced me to get all of my essays and references done before the school year even kicked off. I encourage them to start their search early as well and go into each visit with an open mind. There's no better feeling than finding a campus that has everything you're looking for and having all your paperwork lined up prior to any sort of application date really makes the whole process go a lot smoother. In transitioning from high school to college it was important that I stayed in touch with my friends from Westover because they were able to guide me in the transition that they too were going through each at a different university.