Harrison Heist

Harrison is a born and raised Vermonter. He grew up in the small town of Hancock, which is only a few towns over from the Vermont Tech campus in Randolph Center. Being so close, Harrison had many opportunities to hear about the college and began to think about applying as early as his junior year of high school.

“I knew that I wanted to do something related to math and science. I enjoyed tinkering and designing things.”

But, like many people, Harrison and his family didn’t have money saved for college. Instead, he received scholarships to Vermont Tech and a larger area college.

“I went to a very small high school so honestly, I was afraid I couldn’t cut it at such a large institute because I would just get lost in the crowd.”

Since he started at Vermont Tech, Harrison has been receiving a personal and hands-on education from professors that are also industry professionals.

“One of my professors and advisers here at Vermont Tech is Dr. John Kidder. He has always been enthusiastic and willing to help. I have spent a great deal of time talking to him had whenever I do I always feel like he makes me more motivated and driven to put my best in to what I do.”

Harrison is happy that the classes involve extensive lab work and not just learning from a textbook.

“I feel that I will have gained much more practical design and problem solving skills here at Vermont Tech.”

He knows these skills will help him in his career in the not-so-distant future. Harrison is considering graduate school but is keeping his options open.

Harrison is also a member of the Model UN. He and his teammates recently competed as the Marshall Islands at a Student UN event in Boston.

“I think people should know that Vermont Tech may be a small college but it can provide you with many opportunity’s that can lead to a successful career in your field of choice. If students are willing to put the work in here at Vermont Tech they will get out just as much as they put in to it.”

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