(Spot)light on the Hill

Sami Rubin, Class of 2020
Tufts engineering student Sami Rubin downhill skiing.

Sami Rubin is studying engineering at Tufts, in a general track that allows her to take courses across departments. Last year, she captained the women’s club ski team to an eighth-place finish at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship. It was the first time in program history that a Tufts team qualified for nationals, where they competed against club and varsity programs. Sami appreciates that her teammates, many of whom are also engineers, share her drive to balance time on schoolwork with time on the slopes. On campus, she also prefers downhill—because that’s where most of the food options are.

A Few Favorites

Tufts Memory: The Ski Team's Prez Lawn takeovers on snow days, when we build a jump and take our skis down the Hill.

Thing about Ski Team: It's a very diverse group of people unified by the fact that we love to ski.

Thing about the School of Engineering: The school is continually adding new creative spaces for us to work, like the Nolop Fabrication, Analysis, Simulation, and Testing (FAST) Facility where we have tools to solder, saw, and more.

Food in the dining hall: General Gao's Chicken

Drink from The Rez: Cold brew

Place on campus: Science and Engineering Complex atrium

Annual event: Spring Fling

Class project: During a first-year class, we flew drones around campus to test the debris plumes from building exhaust—and we learned that the wind carries the drones drastically. We climbed on a lot of Tufts buildings to get them down!

Visit go.tufts.edu/SkiTeamTips for the Tufts Ski Team's Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Skier.

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