Looking ahead, Novak said she has goals of tackling difficult problems.
“I would love to be a director of a company, but I also would like to own my own business, possibly in consulting,” Novak said. “I have always been interested in challenges. If other people cannot solve them, I want to be the one to solve them.”
Upon graduation, Novak wants future engineering students to know that she did not always feel like the dual-degree, honor society member, student mentor she turned out to be. She had difficult semesters where she thought about switching majors. She stuck to it and is glad that she did.
“At times, I felt like I was drowning, like I did not belong,” she said. “Dr. Stephen Thiel, Dr. Joni Torsella, and Dr. Nora Honken made me feel like I belonged. They cared and they wanted me to succeed. I am very thankful for that.”
Featured image at top: Baldwin Quad at the University of Cincinnati. Photo/Corrie Mayer