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Alumnus Spotlight: Katrina Lastra

Before coming to Cornell I had a plan to become a biomedical engineer, to delve into cancer research, and to work on the next greatest medical device. By the end of my freshman year this had all changed and I soon felt like I had no idea what I wanted to do with my time here. I switched to mechanical engineering at the beginning of my sophomore year and struggled to find the excitement in my major. Come the Spring semester I attended a TT information session and by the end of the week I was accepted into the Kappa pledge class. It wasn't until I had the chance to talk to all of these brothers, ranging all year and all majors, that I was able to learn more about who I was and what I wanted to do with my degree. Over that semester I gained significantly more confidence in myself to become a better leader, engineer, and person.

By my junior year I had become the President of SHPE on campus and eventually the Vice Regent of Theta Tau. Though this may all sound like a humble brag, I say this solely because without the help of the people I have met through TT I would not have built up the confidence and desire to become someone who exceeded my own expectations of myself.

Although I have since graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, I can confidently write that it definitely was not the major for me. I struggled and I failed (a lot), but I know that at the end of these long 3 and a half years, that every decision I have made has been entirely worthwhile. Being a part of this brotherhood has enabled me to give back and help those who were struggling in the same exact ways in which I was just a few years ago. Yet the most rewarding part of all of this is seeing how I have grown and developed as a person far more than I could have ever imagined I would.