Kristen Graves is a sophomore majoring in architectural engineering. This summer, she is interning at Professional Engineering Consultants in downtown Wichita.
“There are nine engineering interns in the office, and of course I am the only female,” Graves said. “It has been a great opportunity so far. I have learned a lot about engineering design for buildings because I have not learned a lot of it in class yet.”
Graves works in the electrical division where she assists with the design of lighting and power in their building projects.
“I have learned what it means to be a problem solver and a critical thinker as an engineer,” Graves said. “I have also learned what it means to be an engineer designing systems within buildings.”
Graves said this summer has taught her to problem solve and allow her to trust her abilities.
“I still have a lot to learn before I graduate,” Graves said. “I am very glad that I have had the opportunity to go out into the real world and confirm that I will enjoy the career I am pursuing.”
Graves said her favorite part of the summer so far has been Wichita’s Riverfest.
“It has been nice to be able to relax in the evenings and go to one of the concerts or nights of fireworks,” Graves said. “They even hired out Elle King for one of the concerts.”
Graves said what she misses most about Theta over the summer is going to chapter and being able to see everyone.
“Throughout freshman year I really enjoyed sitting with lots of different Thetas during chapter dinners and having the opportunity to get to know someone I had not talked to much before,” Graves said.
Graves is looking forward to living in the house in the upcoming fall semester.
“Even within my member class there are people I do not know super well, so I think it will be really cool to get to live with and get to know so many awesome women,” Graves said.