At Valparaiso University, you’ll work side-by-side with engaged mentors who will challenge your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs as you pursue not just a career but a life calling.

Andrew Schrader knows this is true.

While choosing the next step in his academic journey, Andrew knew that he wanted to study mechanical engineering at a top-rated university with a tight, close-knit community. At Valpo, he’s found just that — and so much more.

“The biggest thing that I’ve gotten here from Valpo is that it’s important to choose a job, to choose something that you want to do for the rest of your life,” Andrew says. “But, more important than that, don’t make it just a job — make it a vocation. Make it something that you’re going to be able to be proud of when you look back on it in 50 years.”

Through Engineers Without Borders, Andrew has experienced how lessons learned in the classroom prepare Valpo students to make a difference in the world. Recently, Engineers Without Borders brought nursing and engineering students together to implement a safe, clean water source for villagers in Masaera, Tanzania. And on campus, the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) has raised more than $20,000 to buy technology equipment for elementary schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.