Samantha Olson ’22
Sioux Center, Iowa
Samantha Olson

Aspiring engineer

A third-generation Red Raider, Samantha was encouraged by her dad to look into biomedical engineering, and when she did, she was hooked. She's majoring in biology-health professions and is enrolled in Northwestern's 3+2 dual-degree program for engineering. Outside of the classroom, Samantha is a member of Northwestern’s golf team, tutors both math and science students in the Peer Learning Center, serves as an admissions ambassador, and keeps the beat for the Red Raider Athletic Band with her snare-drum playing skills.

Following family footsteps

Attending Northwestern is a great legacy in my family, as my dad, his siblings and his parents are all Raiders. While this played a key role in my decision to attend, I also chose Northwestern because of the high academic standards and commitment to integrating faith with learning. Receiving a fantastic education while growing in my faith and love for God at the same time means so much to me.

Adding it up

Math and science have always been my favorite subjects in school, but for the longest time, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. My dad, a chemical engineer, encouraged me to learn about biomedical engineering. I found that biomedical engineering is a great combination of both math and science, and I discovered how much I’ll be able to help people through a career in this field.

Inspirational profs

The Northwestern faculty I’ve been privileged to learn from and get to know have blessed me greatly. First, they love their fields of study! Dr. [Zachary] Varpness is obsessed with organic chemistry, and Dr. [Emily] Grace truly thinks physics is the coolest thing ever. This makes learning from them very desirable. Nonetheless, Northwestern professors aren’t here just to teach me biology, calculus, physics or organic chemistry—they’re here to build relationships with students and walk alongside us in our faith. I have probably learned as much or more about who God is and how much he loves me from my professors as I have learned about the subject matter. This is something I truly cherish. My professors have invested greatly in me, and I can’t thank them enough.

Great Creator

Studying math and science has impacted my faith immensely. It’s taught me about who God is. God knows fully the things we study and continually struggle to comprehend. He knows the math, the physics, the biology and the organic chemistry. He knows it all because he created it all!

Grateful for growing

I’ve grown as a person in every way at Northwestern—academically, emotionally and spiritually. I’ve learned so much about myself, others and the world around me. Northwestern is a beautiful, fun and safe place that truly changes students’ lives if they let it.