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Ryan Otroba Civil Engineering
Centreville, Virginia.

The Problem Solver
Ryan Otroba liked drumming in high school, but he had no idea that his college career at West Virginia University would be defined by playing the tenor drums in the "Pride of West Virginia," the Mountaineer Marching Band. Otroba is a four-year member of the drum line, a senior civil engineering major from Virginia and a proud West Virginia University Mountaineer. 


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Ryan has spent his entire WVU career on the drum line, and he wouldn't have experienced college any other way.

Hometown: Centreville, Virginia.

What is your career goal? Having a job that I enjoy and look forward going to everyday.

When I'm 50, I will be happy.

When I have 30 minutes of free time, I read a book/listen to music.

What's your quote to live by? Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Where is your favorite view in West Virginia? The view looking downtown from the President's house.

Favorite Morgantown restaurant? Mario’s Fishbowl.

Favorite movie? Gladiator.

Fictional character who is most like you? Luigi.

If you could only visit one more place on campus, where would you go? Football Stadium.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Germany.

If you were to title your own autobiography, what would it be? Ryan Otroba: The drumming lifeguard engineer.

What couldn’t you live without? Friends. 

Most valuable skill you have? Being able to apply criticisms/suggestions to everyday life or drumming. 

What about any hidden talents?​ I can juggle.


Why did you choose to come to WVU? Distance from home, financial aid, scholarships and majors available all weighed in to why I chose WVU.

Why is WVU special to you? Everyone outside of Morgantown looks at WVU as a party school, and only as a party school. You have to get past the misconceptions society made about WVU, and I think I found a way to see the school in another way.

When I'm on campus, you can most likely find me   on engineering.

What's the favorite class you've taken at WVU? Professional development, it wasn’t about test taking, memorization, only about what to expect after college and how to achieve success after graduation.

What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to WVU?

Do not take your time for granted, It goes by way too fast.

When you come to visit campus, you must visit  Woodburn Hall at night.

What's your proudest accomplishment while at WVU? Becoming a member of the drumline.

What do you miss most about high school? The organized sports.

Best thing about college life? Independence.

Worst thing about college life? Independence.

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