faculty profile

Kelly Kapper

PEER MENTOR
Email: kkapper@stevens.edu

Class of 2016

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Green Engineering

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Co-op Program
  • Scholar’s Program
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Research Assistant 

Advice you’d like to share with the Incoming Class: Welcome to Stevens! As a student here for the next four (or five) years, it is so important to learn to manage your time properly. One thing you will learn quickly is that Stevens is a very high caliber school - this isn't high school anymore. Freshmen year can be so distracting – adjusting to life at Stevens, exploring Hoboken and NYC, meeting people and socializing, attending events on campus, etc. With so much always happening, it’s easy to make school your last priority. Freshmen year is mainly introductory courses, so you have to keep in mind that your classes will only get harder as your career at Stevens continues. Stay on top of your studies, and then go have fun. You’ll thank yourself later on.

MY BEST STUDY TIP: Many freshmen struggle with chemistry and calculus – whether or not you studied these topics in high school, it is so important to pay attention and establish a strong understanding in these topics. Calc and chem are two subjects you will see in nearly all of your classes. If you do well in them early on, you will be fine in your upper level classes. If you have trouble, you’ll have difficulty in the future. Take advantage of studying in groups, attending review sessions and meeting with tutors in the library and you'll have no problem at all.

My Time Management Strategy: I like to plan everything out on a calendar, that way I can see when assignments are due, when exams are, days that I know I’ll be busy and not be able to study, etc. Set aside time specifically for school – it’s much easier to get a lot of work done in a short period of time if you focus and pay attention, instead of trying to do homework while talking to your friends and hanging out. Don’t cram the night before an exam; study a little for a few nights before, and you’ll retain the information better. Balance yourself between school and fun – do well in school, but also make the most of your college experience!

Resources at Stevens I’ve Used: I’ve had tutors, visited the walk-in tutoring center, attended academic workshops, and attended reviews held by the Academic Support Center. Even if you’re only having the slightest difficulty with courses, take full advantage of what Stevens has to offer. Spending a free hour at a review session, even when you feel confident with the material can help you recall something you may have overlooked. Better to be prepared and thank yourself later.

What Do You Like Best About Stevens? There are so many things I love about this school, but in one word, it is the opportunities it has given me. Stevens has helped me transition effortlessly from awkward, ambitious freshman to a skilled and confident 4/5 student who has already held three full-time internships with major chemical engineering companies. I have joined a sorority, met amazing friends and professors, and worked on a research project with the CEMS Department. Outside of school, I've been able to explore Hoboken and NYC in my free time, see Broadway shows and concerts, sightsee and eat at some delicious restaurants. Stevens truly is the best of both worlds.