FAST Alumni

Check out what past FAST participants have to say about the program!

Emma Meersman

Emma Meersman
Emma Meersman

Graduating Class: 2016

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Seattle, WA

High School: Garfield High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

I was already strongly considering Harvey Mudd before FAST. The program showed me the friendliness of the students and faculty and made me realize that Mudd was the college for me.

What is your favorite memory of attending FAST?

I remember all of the amazing people I met who were very excited to share their experiences at the college with me. I loved that the students made sure to work hard and play hard.

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Graduating Class: 2014

Major: Engineering

Hometown: San Gabriel, California

High School: San Marino High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

The FAST program was one of a series of events from which I learned more about Mudd and came to know that Mudd was the right choice for me. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t go to FAST program I would not have come to Mudd, but it did help to affirm my decision.

What was your favorite memory of attending FAST?

When I first met all the other attendees, we played a few ice breaker games to get to know everyone. Meeting very awesome people and knowing that there is a good possibility that I will be attending college with some of them was very exciting.

Katarina Hoger

Katarina Hoger

Graduating Class:  2013

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: White Plains, NY

High School: Woodlands High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

Until I went to the FAST Program, I was not seriously considering Mudd. It’s far from home, and I had not gotten a feel for the work ethic, integrity, and sense of community that I found here until staying overnight with my host.

What is your favorite memory of attending FAST?

A few of the other FAST attendees and I were taken to innertube water polo with one of my host’s friends. It was fun to go from asking my host and her dormmates questions about being a college student while they did homework, to watching them play an intramural sport, to homework again.

Chris Zazueta

Graduating Class: 2014

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Nuevo, CA

High School: Heritage High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

It was a huge impact for me because I got the opportunity to talk to the current students and see how they interact at Mudd. I didn’t know about Harvey Mudd until I was a senior in high school and it was FAST that played a large role in my decision to attend Harvey Mudd.

What is your favorite memory of attending FAST?

My favorite memory would have to be getting the opportunity to talk to the current students and also the conversations I got to have with the admissions representatives.

Brianna Posadas

Graduating Class: 2013

Major: Engineering

Hometown: Murrieta, CA

High School: Murrieta Valley High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

FAST had a great impact on my decision. The students that I spoke to made me feel at home, and the case studies gave me insight to how applications were processed and made me more confident in mine.

What is your favorite memory of attending FAST?

These two students, who I met at the LAC, walked me around campus for hours in the middle of the night and were just so excited to show off Mudd and tell me about their experience. Their enthusiasm for Mudd made me really excited about the College.

Katherine Muller

Graduating Class: 2014

Major: Chemistry-Biology

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

High School: Canyon High School

How much did attending FAST impact your decision to come to Harvey Mudd?

The FAST program showed me how much more rigorous and hands-on classes at HMC were than those at any other college, and how relaxed and intelligent Mudd students are.

What is your favorite memory of attending FAST?

I really enjoyed meeting the faculty and students and getting to know how Mudders think.