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Happy Friday everyone!
I’ve got an exciting 3-day weekend ahead of me, which includes Valentine’s Day (one of my fave holidays!)
Nowadays, I give about a normal campus tour once a week (at 11:15 if you’re interested in taking a tour here!) and one special tour a week in which I give a tour to a group of students from a high school.

I have been giving tours since my freshman year and pretty much have my route and dialogue down pat. It is so much second nature to me…that I can walk the entire campus backwards, and talk for a full hour and fifteen minutes about Caltech. I love my tour-guiding job so much…I really really enjoy it, and have found great satisfaction in helping high school students learn all of the wonderful and unique things about Caltech. And everytime I give a tour, it always lets me reflect on how lucky I am to be at Caltech and all of the opportunities I have been given.

Dannah Almasco ’10

Mechanical Engineering and Business, Economics & Management, Class of 2010

Dannah is a senior in Fleming House, originally from San Diego, CA. She is a tour guide, a student reader for the freshman admissions committee, and a food critic for the campus newspaper. A member of the Caltech Dance Troupe, Dannah also practices yoga and aerobics. After graduating from Caltech, Dannah plans to enter the work industry; she has worked at the Caltech Biological Imaging Center and has had internships with Boeing in Los Angeles and Schlumberger in Houston, TX (see previous Caltech blog, “Adventures in Internships”). Her second blog “Class in Session: E/ME 105” discussed her experience in an engineering course that involved designing for (and traveling to!) the developing world of Guatemala. Read her latest blog: “Sweet Life of a Second Term Senior” to see how she keeps busy with her senior thesis and extracurricular activities.