Amber Nehring works on a formula.

Amber Nehring


Salt Lake City, Utah


Associate in Science in Engineering Studies / Mass Transfer Compact Option


Engineering Club

Favorite course:

I really love calculus. It just makes sense to me. It clicks.

Most meaningful encounter at HCC:

The Engineering Room (Frost 369). It's nice to have a place where I can go and do my homework, and there's always other students there, and we can work on things together. That way, if they get stuck or I get stuck, we can help each other figure it out. There's all these textbooks in there for any kind of math or science, and Ileana Vasu (Math professor and Engineering Dept. chair) is always hanging out in there too. I know if I have a question, she can walk me through it. 

Why does education matter to you?

Cause I love science and I like learning. It's fun to learn. I'd get bored just going to work every day, 9 to 5 just sitting and typing. I worked for the post office for a year and I worked in a bank for a year. I just knew I wasn't using my brain in the way that I should, cause I really love math and science and I know I'm very capable of doing those things.

What is your favorite thing about HCC?

I really like the experience of just going to class. When I go to class, I like to be engaged in what the teacher is talking about. I like that the classes are small enough so that I can ask questions and my voice is heard.

Advice for fellow students?

There's always resources there for you. You're not alone. There's people who can help. You just have to ask, really. Make a plan and take it a step at a time and things will happen. College is hard, but it's not impossible. The hardest part, really, is just showing up and being there. Show up on time, and once you're there, be engaged. Listen to what the teacher is talking about and think about it. Do your homework and turn it in on time. 

Where are you going from here?

I plan to transfer to the University of Massachusetts and get a dual degree in chemistry and chemical engineering. Then I want to get a master's in chemical engineering and a PhD in something, nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics or maybe nuclear engineering. My dream would be to work at the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider, in Switzerland. I would die to work there. 


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