Name: Lewis Poche
- Education: Sophomore Engineering Management Student at Southern Methodist University Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
- Target Audience: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School
Why did you choose your major? Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
I chose EMIS because I always liked thinking about the systems behind things. Seeing the puzzle pieces coming together and logistically figuring out how large corporations operate intrigued me. I chose Philosophy because it’s critical thinking from a different point of view than engineering - you analyze the writings of someone and look at it from a qualitatitve standpoint. At the end of it, they’re both critical thinking, just different ways. I came into SMU undecided engineering, and I took intro to EMIS, and I picked up philosophy last semester.
What is your main role on your team?
I'm on drumline. Drumline specifically is a very close group of poeple, and we spend a lot of time together. I personally develop one-on-one relationships with the freshmen in my section so that they have an upperclassman friend on campus that knows how to guide them.
What does your average day look like? (Class, practice, games, etc.)
There's no such thing as an average day for me. I'm involved in a bunch of different clubs, so there's random meetins throughout the week. I spend a lot of time in class, balancing sleep, my social life, and my extracurriculars. Academics is my priority; I don't know if I spend as much time on it as a should, but I'll definitely cut other things if my academic standing drops. We practice for band less than we did in high school. We practice 5 hours a week, and I don't really practice outside of that.
Do you apply what you learn in the classroom on the field/court?
I look at my extracurricular activities from a critical point of view and try to see where we could eliminate any inefficiencies.
I've mostly had to sacrifice my social life with band in particular. Friday and Saturday nights are busy in the fall semester for band, and when we don't have home games, other things have my weekends booked. I haven't seen a lot of my non-band friends in a long time.
I see myself maintaining a work/family/social balance. I would like to work for Southwest Airlines doing operations research or for a consulting company.
I really enjoyed my senior year English class. I hated English up until then, but I tried to dive into it that year, and it was pretty cool! I didn't realize how much time writers put into things until my teacher drew connections between things. I now appreciate the complexity of books!
Are you a first generation college student?
When did you start playing your instrument?
I started playing piano when I was 7 or 8, and then I did mallet percussion throughout high school, and I started on drumline here at SMU.
What's a fun fact about you?
I carry around Cajun Seasoning with me everywhere I go.