BHSEC “helped me become more well-rounded and helped me understand more about our society.” Jaclyn Olmos-Silverman is a 2009 graduate of BHSEC Manhattan who went on to study Engineering and Economics at Harvey Mudd College. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works as a risk analyst for General Electric (GE) in the Commercial Leadership Program. Prior to her job at GE Capital, Jaclyn was a Research Intern at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, where she fabricated and tested soft magnetic materials. She also did Research & Development as an intern with the Clorox Company, working on consumer products packaging.
Jaclyn was attracted to BHSEC because the rigorous early college curriculum felt like a good fit for her interests saying, “I thought the early college concept was great, and I wanted to be challenged.” She first heard of BHSEC through newspaper articles and began attending information sessions in the 7th grade.
The range of available courses enabled Jaclyn to take higher-level math and economics classes, such as calculus, chemistry, and microeconomics, which influenced her chosen fields of study at Harvey Mudd. Jaclyn’s strong interest in the STEM fields led her to develop an actuarial science independent study with a BHSEC Professor. Reflecting on this experience, Jaclyn says, “I had encouraging math and science professors who helped guide me towards the sciences. They exposed me to fields I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to explore.”
In addition to STEM classes, BHSEC’s liberal arts curriculum was of great use in shaping her skills and worldview. “I really enjoyed the seminar sequence,” Jaclyn recounts, “Reading and discussing the classics made me more aware, with a greater understanding of society, humanity and history.”
BHSEC’s intensive emphasis on writing made Jaclyn stand out in the four-year college she attended, and she notes that “BHSEC’s writing-intensive curriculum was to my advantage. My first year at Harvey Mudd, I was in a writing intensive class, and the professor kept mistaking me for a senior because my writing was so well developed.”