It happened….I GRADUATED from Caltech after 4 years, 2 degrees and 1 amazing experience. The ceremony took place last Friday, June 11, 2010.
Here I am the day on graduation eve, scoping out the assembled stage and chairs
Since my last name begins with ‘A’, I was the second person to my called on stage—I was able to find my chair for the ceremony…right in front lol
After the candidates march, the faculty march onto the stage. See my Advisor and the Vice Provost Melany Hunt? She looks silly marshalling the faculty to their seats..:P
My picture was taken by the Pasadena Star News….and given the following caption: Dannah Almasco, who received a degree in
Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics Management holding a
Sunflower while waving to a friend at Caltech graduation. Caltech
celebrated its 116th Annual Comencement, Friday June 11,
2010.(SGVN/Staff Photo by Walt Mancini/SXCity)
Our commencement speaker was Charles F. Bolden, Administrator, National Aeronautics
I don’t have an actual picture of me walking on stage receiving my diploma..but you can watch it here on the Caltech Commencement website! Click on the View Ceremony link, Presentation of Bachelor’s Degrees
The happy graduate and her proud family
And to my readers…(and maybe future Techers)..Thank you for all your support in visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed joining me in my journey for this last year. To the admissions office–Thank you for this opportunity to blog and your support throughout the past 4 years.
For those of you who have missed out…catch up on my entire year leading up to graduation with my blogs. It’s been a whirlwind year for me:
Adventures in InternshipsClass in Session: E/ME 105Sweet Life of a Second Term SeniorThis Is It!
—Dannah Almasco c/o 2010
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.