Diane Strong: Breaking the mold

Stats: While a majority of the S&T student population tends to focus on engineering, ever-bubbly junior Diane Strong is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in technical communication. “Psychology is a science, so it makes sense to go to a science and technology school.”

Ambassador Strong: “I like being able to introduce prospective students to S&T,” says the student ambassador from Cape Girardeau, Mo. “Each dorm has its own culture. I enjoy helping future students find which residence hall would be a great fit for them. If an incoming freshman is more social, I point them to the Quad. More reserved, then TJ or the Residential College may be better for them.”

Run, Diane, run: A walk-on member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams, Strong loves running. “I tried every sport out there, but I was good at running,” says the M-Club member. Often up for 5 a.m. practices, she jokes that she has mastered running while sleeping. She uses the time to think about “anything and everything, and a little bit of nothing.”

On the brain: The driving force behind her decision to major in psychology was her interest in human resources. Strong is vice president of PsyCo (the student psychology club) and a member of Psi Chi national honor society.

Post-college plans: This past fall, in an effort to prepare for her post-college plans, Strong worked at the S&T Haunted Mine. In return, she made friends with multiple mining engineering students, which gave her “a perspective into the engineer’s mind” and allowed her to make personal connections she can use after graduation. “I would love to be an HR representative recruiting for a mining company because of the emphasis on public safety — they are required to put in the extra effort to maintain a safe reputation.”

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