We're International Olin Students, Ask Us Anything! Part 2

On December 5, 2018, I sat down with some of our international students at Olin for two "Ask Me Anything!" virtual sessions, focused on student life. If you didn't get a chance to tune in to the live sessions, you can still watch the videos! This video is from the second session which we did at 2:00 PM in the Eastern U.S., featuring Argyris '22 (Greece), Mahima '22 (Nigeria), and Leon '21 (Germany).

Scroll down below the video to see bios for each student, as well as a list of all the questions we answered during the session. (The list includes timestamps so that you can easily find the questions you are most interested in within the video!)

If you have more questions that you want to ask Olin students, you can email questions to our Admission Ambassadors or submit a question to the Olin students! A student will reply to your question via email. Both the Admission Ambassadors and the question form are student-run, so you can ask anything you like!

Moderator: Maia ’22

Maia is a first-year student from outside of Los Angeles, CA, USA and is thinking of majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of class, she is member of the leadership team of SLAC (Stay Late and Create), the Baja SAE Team, and the Jazz Band. She also works as a student employee in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid, serves as a student blogger for the Olinsider, and does cool personal projects, too!

Panelists: Argyris ’22, Mahima ’22, Leon ’21

Argyris is a first-year student from Athens, Greece who plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of class he is involved in the Olin Rocketry Team and the Running Club, and he does an independent study in rocketry with a group of students, including Mahima.

Mahima is a first-year student who has lived and studied in a number of countries outside of the U.S., including Indonesia, Nigeria, and the UK. At Olin she plans to study Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of class she does research in the RoboLab with the Robot-Human Interactions team, builds drones, and works with Argyris on an independent study in rocketry.

Leon is a sophomore from Frankfurt, Germany who plans to major in Robotics Engineering. Outside of classes, he does research with an Olin professor in the space of sustainable design, and is part of the Formula SAE team and a member/barista for Acronym, Olin’s student-run, pop-up coffee shop on campus. Leon is also the head of the European Club.


0:00 – Introductions

2:40 – What was the transition like from your home country to Olin?

5:13 – Why did you apply to Olin?

7:32 – What was it like to go through the admission process at Olin as an international student?

13:17 – Is there anything else that you wish you knew about the process before you applied to Olin?

17:15 – What is it like to come to such a small school?

19:22 – Let’s talk about the Babson-Olin-Wellesley (BOW) Collaboration, since that makes our community feel a little bigger, too.

22:48 – What is your favorite class at Olin?

26:15 – What are the professors like on campus? How do students interact with them?

31:26 – What does a typical day look like for you at Olin?

36:45 – How do you balance classwork with projects and extracurriculars outside of class?

40:26 – What are research opportunities like on campus?

44:10 – If you were a mammal other than a human, what mammal would you be?

46:45 – What do you think of the food at Olin? How is living on campus?

53:19 – Any last advice for prospective international applicants?

Posted in: Maia '22, Student Q&A