Alexandra Mae Nelson is from Ormond Beach, Florida, and is a sophomore in General Engineering with a 3.88 GPA. She says the best thing about being a Virginia Tech engineer is to have engineering courses with great professors, classmates, and the amazing relationships that are built through class discussions and group work. She loves how everyone at Virginia Tech is kind, respectful, and always willing to help.
When Alexandra was in middle school, she dreamt about working in the medical field. Now that Alexandra is at Virginia Tech, she dreams about having a career in medical research. She pictures herself working in a laboratory conducting experiments, writing lab reports, and making meaningful discoveries in medicine. If she could change one thing, it would be to make people more accepting of others. She says everyone deserves what makes them happy, and if what makes that person happy doesn’t negatively affect others, she wants others to let them enjoy themselves in peace.
Currently, she does a lot of volunteer work for and through her sorority. She is in Alpha Chi Omega and they do a lot of work with the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and working out. Her favorite genre of music is indie pop and folk music, with her favorite artist being Briston Maroney, Rex Orange County, and the Lumineers.
Alexandra mentioned that her role model is her grandmother because she admires that her grandmother had to deal with many heavy things at a young age since she was born in Cuba and had to witness the corruption of her country and that she has handled all that has happened to her and her family with grace and made a successful life here. Alexandra also says that her favorite cartoon character is Rick from Rick and Morty because she likes the fact that he has all these ideas that no one else understands, but it doesn’t stop him from pursuing them.