faculty profile

Sofia Barba

PEER MENTOR
Email: sbarba@stevens.edu

Class of 2016

Major: Computer Engineering

Masters: Mathematics

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Tutor
  • Wrestling Manager
  • Greek life
  • Physics Lab Assistant
  • Entertainment Committee

Advice you’d like to share with the Incoming Class: Get involved as soon as possible. Although it may seem intimidating at first, you will quickly realize the benefits of early involvement with the student body. It is beneficial because throughout the process you learn excellent time management skills. You immediately establish yourself on campus. You begin to build your resume, and most importantly you form numerous friendships. From personal experience, becoming involved early in Stevens’ extracurricular activities helped open doors to other clubs and organizations. Since Stevens is a tight knit community, you will soon realize that the more involved you are on campus, the more you will enjoy your experience at Stevens.

MY BEST STUDY TIP: The most important study tip I would recommend is to do the assigned homework for every class.  This is imperative because it allows students to keep up with what is going on in the class and quickly recognize any struggles they may be having.  As a tutor at Stevens, I noticed that students who kept up with their assignments performed better on tests than students who did not.  Another helpful tip is to seek help immediately upon facing any struggles.  With the Walk-In-Tutoring Center, individual tutors, and the small student-teacher ratio, Stevens’ environment truly makes it easy to seek help in any subject at any time.  Take advantage of these conveniences, and you will excel in everything you do and be satisfied with the grades on your transcript.  

My Time Management Strategy: The most critical quality to a successful college career is good time management skills.  The secret is that every individual is different and, therefore, must discover the most successful strategy based on his or her own personal qualities.  It may take some time, but after weeks of sleep deprivation or procrastination, you will soon realize how to adjust to all the demands.  My personal strategy is managing a good balance between school and personal time.  Academics is my first priority, but if I find I need a break I try to be productive, such as picking up extra hours at work, doing laundry, going for a run, etc.  You will realize that time is of the essence and it will only benefit you if it is used very wisely. 

Resources at Stevens I’ve Used: One resource I have used and have found beneficial is the Walk-In-Tutoring Center.  This center is a place for students to receive help upon their own convenience.  During my first semester I used the Walk-In-Tutoring Center often and found the tutors to be a very huge help to my success my first semester.  Since the adjustment as a freshman can sometimes be overwhelming, I found comfort knowing that there was a center where I was guaranteed help in any subject. 

What Do You Like Best About Stevens? I am proud to be a student at Stevens because it is a highly regarded school for its great academics. It is rewarding to hear positive things about the school I chose to attend. Although Stevens is a very small school, I have found that to be very beneficial in many aspects.  It is very easy to contact Professors or Deans, and they are very willing to assist with any questions a student may have.  In addition, you simply cannot beat the location. Since we are located right outside of New York City, we have a big alumni base right in town. The involved alumni community has been beneficial to me when discussing career and internship opportunities. I feel very comfortable and fortunate that I will have help every step of the way when I am ready to secure an internship or full time job upon graduation.