Amy Prieb is a junior majoring in industrial engineering and minoring in business. This summer, she is interning at Textron Systems, a defense contractor for the government in Baltimore, Maryland.
“I am working to improve the production of microelectronic modules used in the military test and simulation equipment,” Prieb said. “I have had the opportunity to implement new procedures, ensure the manufacturing floor is operating to strict government health and safety requirements, and complete a summer long project regarding how low cost but high usage parts are ordered.”
This summer, Prieb learned that she would really love to live away from home after she graduates.
“As much as I value and appreciate growing up in Kansas, I now know I can handle being away from my family and friends while maintaining healthy relationships with them,” Prieb said. “Being close to multiple big cities always provides a new adventure or place to explore, which I have began to truly appreciate.”
Prieb said that her favorite part of summer has been being pushed outside of her comfort zone.
“I was forced to make all new friends, learn how to navigate an unfamiliar part of the country, and apply concepts I have learned in my classes,” Prieb said. “I have also learned that I love crab cakes.”
She has enjoyed being able to travel along the coast and experience things like Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July, day beach trips to the Atlantic, and eating Maryland’s famous blue crab.
Prieb said that the hardest part of summer has been working 40 hour weeks and being 18 hours away from Fuzzy’s.
“Living on my own and doing work similar to what I will be doing in the future has shown me a glimpse into my future, and I don’t hate it,” Prieb said. “I have found that an office can be a lot of fun. It has also made me realize I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I have been motivated and encouraged to continue to aspire for big things because of my experiences this summer.”
Prieb said that she has missed living with her best friends in the house, the sisterhood shown at chapter, Chef T’s amazing food, and seeing Thetas on campus while walking to class.
“I am looking forward to living in the house again,” Prieb said. “It is so awesome to see new friendships form over brushing teeth in the bathroom, or Say Yes to the Dress marathons,” Prieb said. “I am excited to get to know more women from the member class below me.”