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When people hear that you are an engineering major, they automatically associate a rigorous course load, coupled with late night study sessions. What typically is not associated is pairing an engineering major with a collegiate athletics. However, that is just what one undaunted Paper Science and Engineering student is accomplishing.sam-m

Sam Melikian, a junior in the department, is a member of the Wolfpack’s wrestling team. He started wrestling in the seventh grade and credits quarrels with his younger brother for his interest in the sport. Although the official wrestling season does not start until several months into the school year, the wrestling team practices regularly. A typical day for Sam when in season is a wake-up call at 5:00 am in preparation for a morning lifting session at 6:00 am. He finishes his morning workouts with conditioning and is in class between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. He then has wrestling for a few hours followed by dinner and a study hall session. He finishes his day by completing his homework and unwinding with Netflix. His favorite thing about wrestling for the Wolfpack is the invested and passionate fan base. When asked how he balances his academics and athletics, he responded, “I spend a lot of time on the weekends getting ahead because I know I will be pressed for time during the week.”

Sam not only spent his summer training with the wrestling team, but also worked on a research project with Dr. Hasan Jameel. His research focused on how varying the refining levels and percentage of Old Corrugated Containerboard (OCC) in linerboard hand sheets effected the strength. Although he did not have any prior interest in linerboard, his interest was sparked when Dr. Jameel gave him an overview of the project. Even with his research experience, he is keeping an open mind for his future in the industry.

Sam’s favorite thing about the program is the faculty, especially Dr. Byrd who made him feel at home in the program, and fellow students. Sam, we applaud you for your determination and wish you the best of luck in the upcoming season!

guest blogger Kable Young