Welcome to my page! In the words of Benjamin Franklin, our coolest founding father, "either write something worth reading or do something worth the writing."

My name is Mary Katharine Valchar, and I am a freshman at NC State studying both Chemical Engineering and French Language and Literature. I chose these majors because I want to work in the chemical industry, whether it be improving nuclear waste systems, water treatment and distribution systems, pharmaceuticals, or even cosmetics. I hope to make any one of those industries more sustainable through my eventual work as a chemical engineer. I am studying French because I enjoy the language, culture, and history of the French people, and hope to one day have the language skills to be a successful chemical engineer working in France. My dream job would be using these two majors in perfect combination to research something like identification and removal of micropollutants from drinking water in a francophone country to help both the developed world and the less-developed. In the next few years, I hope to complete these two majors and study/research abroad.

My favourite hobby is reading. I like to read all sorts of books, ranging from short modern novels to the classics of Edwardian literature. I try to read as often as I can, but usually, can only fit in a few hours on the weekends or at odd hours of the night. I keep a fairly long list of things I hope to read one day. It includes Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel as well as Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See. I would definitely describe my taste in reading material as ecclectic.

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My Résumé

    How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
  1. Retrieve peanut butter, bread, a spreading knife, and a jelly or jam of choice.
  2. Using the spreading knife, spread peanut butter on one face of one piece of bread.
  3. Using the spreading knife, spread jelly or jam on one face of the other piece of bread.
  4. Put the sandwich together by the two faces that have peanut butter or jelly.
  5. Cut the sandwhich in half with the spreading knife, preferably in triangles.

      Class Expected Grade
      E115 S
      CH201 A+
      FLF202 A+

      A picture of a stack of books to relate to my hobby.