faculty profile

Felix Zhang

PEER MENTOR
Email: fzhang7@stevens.edu

Class of 2016

Major: Chemical Engineering

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
  • The Student Government Association
  • Orientation Leader
  • “The Stute” Stevens Newspaper
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientist
  • Technique dance club
  • Filipino Association of Stevens Tech
  • Snowboard Club
  • Korean Student Association

Advice you’d like to share with the Incoming Class: Although the first semester is considered easy, don’t forget to study! Having a great 1st semester GPA will help you, especially when classes start to become much more difficult.  Also, do not sit in your room all day playing video games, watching TV, or playing League of Legends! Get involved in the Stevens community, make some friends and explore every club that Stevens has to offer.  Get some networking done now, you will be surprised how far some of your friends will go in life and they might just be able to help you out after you leave college. Just remember that the college years are supposed to be the “best years of your life” so make them count.

MY BEST STUDY TIP: Since freshmen year isn’t exclusively all new material, it is helpful to have friends who have deep knowledge in a subject that you are not similar in. Let’s say you have never programed before, make friends with people who do it for fun and ask them for help. This also applies to all the other subjects. Keep in mind that studying in groups can be effective only if everyone is actually studying and not distracting each other. Specifically for chemistry, READ THE BOOK! You will be amazed how many exam questions come directly from the book.

My Time Management Strategy: Get a e-calendar (Google calendar, iPhone calendar, etc..)! First, place all time consuming requirements (i.e laundry, club meetings, interviews, tutoring slots, calling mom for her birthday… ) then plan a study/Homework block of at least 1-2 hours a day. Make sure you add reminders and alarms for important things because your life will be overwhelmed with millions of things to do and you might forget. 

Resources at Stevens I’ve Used: The academic support center walk in tutoring sessions, the academic support center exam reviews, the library internet database for document resources, student life, the student center, the academic deans (they are almost like a guidance counselor).

What Do You Like Best About Stevens? Although the view of New York City is phenomenal, the best thing about Stevens is that it is a small, close-knit community. You end up meeting so many people and it’s a great feeling when you walk through campus and are greeted by so many people. The professors do actually care about how you are doing and you are definitely not a number here. Trust me; there is almost no sense of community in a large school (I’ve taken classes in a school where the population is over 15,000 students). The simplicity of people smiling and waving you hello is something special that you can only get in a school like Stevens.