Crystal Jain

Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey
Majors:BS/MS Chemical Engineering
Class Year: 2022

How did you get interested in engineering?

I chose engineering because of my general interest in chemistry and math, and also due to my parents’ careers in STEM as well. Chemical Engineering specifically struck my interest due to the amount of different applications it has. So many fields need chemical engineers ranging from the traditional role in oil and gas to the food industry to cosmetics.

What has been your best academic experience at Drexel so far?

My best academic experience I’ve had thus far at Drexel has been a class called Reversing Global Warming taught by Dr. Baxter. This class covered all the things we as individuals can do to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and went further into many possible solutions and technologies that are being developed to do the same at a larger level. It truly broadened my point of view on the subject while putting the global issue into an engineering perspective.

How did you end up choosing Drexel?

I chose Drexel after I went on the March for Science in Philadelphia. After seeing the whole city that way I realized that this was the place I wanted to be for the next 5 years. The co-op program and the engineering curriculum (which begins in Freshman year) were also large contributions to my decision.

How did you get interested in volleyball? (And more specifically, coaching volleyball?)

I have been playing volleyball since I was in 8th grade. At Drexel, I have played on the club team since I was a freshman, attending practice and tournaments. For my final year at Drexel, I wanted to give back to the team in a different way, so I decided to coach the team!

What is your favorite part about coaching volleyball?

My favorite part of coaching volleyball is seeing the players improve on certain skills after we go through them during practice! It is very rewarding to see the girls get better and have fun. I also occasionally get to play, and it is a great way to stay active.

How do you balance time between studies and coaching volleyball?

It isn’t easy to balance my time between coaching and studying, especially with planning practice times and attending tournaments. To stay on top of it, I just keep a list of things to do and make sure to prioritize school above everything. Staying organized is the most important part of time management!

What, if anything, has volleyball taught you about engineering? Or, what has engineering taught you about the way you approach volleyball?

I think engineering has helped me look at coaching volleyball in a different way. When I first started coaching the team, I started off with a lot of general and basic drills and playing so I could see where the strengths and weaknesses of my team are. Once I figured out the weaknesses, I focused on those one at a time and treated it like an engineering problem.

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