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Olivia Chrash

Olivia Chrash

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Uniontown, PA
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Packaging Science
It is difficult to summarize such a wealth of experience into a few comments. There have been some very difficult and challenging times but those are the experiences that helped me to go outside of my comfort zone to grow as a person and a professional. For as many tough times there have also been many enjoyable experiences knowing that I have learned and accomplished so much through my program of study. I have met so many interesting individuals in my classes, through my professors and coops that have opened up so many doors to the future that I never thought possible before coming to RIT. Even though classes are stressful, the projects complex, they stretch you to discover your creativity, problem solving skills and resilience. They have helped make me proud of whom I am today. One of the reasons that I came to RIT was for the co-op program. Once I graduate I will have two full years of work experience; I do not think I could have gotten that at any other college. I have had the opportunity to co-op at Lindt and Sprungli Chocolate and Sun Products Corporation. One of the things that I like best about my program of study and the department is that packaging is changing every day. There is always something new to learn and advances requiring brainstorming and creative problem solving. The professors have a great understanding of this by helping us to develop critical problem solving skills so we will be job ready. Another unique part about the packaging program is that there is a career fair specifically for packaging. The packaging department is committed to helping students to find co-ops and full times jobs. Some of the resources that I know makes coming to RIT a unique opportunity are the two labs dedicated to packaging, the Packaging Materials Lab and the Packaging Dynamics Lab. I have been working in the Packaging Dynamics Lab which is student run, with a faculty supervisor. The student gets hands on packaging testing experience for real company products which is truly an opportunity not seen at other colleges. We test the products and write the reports for our clients, which prepares us for the job setting. Students working in the Dynamics Lab also have to opportunity to take the ISTA Certification test which solidifies our understanding about testing procedures. As a packaging student we learn how to use software such as Adobe Illustrator, ArtiosCAD, Solidworks, and palletizing systems such as CAPE. Learning this software gives the RIT student a distinct advantage in applying for full time jobs since they are industry wide systems.
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