The Tech experience

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In the words of the students …

Jex Jensen
2013 chemical engineering graduate

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
Seeing a car bomb go off at EMRC. They put a couple hundred pounds of ANFO in a car and blew it up. I saw the dust and debris and then a remarkable time later, you were able to feel the concussion and hear it as it came by.

What feeling about Tech will you take with you?
There were some very dedicated professors that definitely helped me a lot. They gave their time to actually be teachers and not just presenters.

What will you be doing after graduating?
Working for HollyFrontier refining company in Artesia, New Mexico.

Kyle Pettigrew
2013 petroleum engineering graduate

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
They’ve all been really good. Probably the best has to be graduating with honors. I’m a non-traditional student graduating with a 3.2 grade-point average in petroleum engineering. I’m 34 years old, and my wife talked me into coming back to school, just for a better life for both of us. I wanted to get in a position where I could make the decisions that other people would be doing.

What feeling about Tech will you take with you?
It has been a great school. I’ve really enjoyed the classroom and social experiences, being active in different social groups. I was part of the student chapters of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Mechanical Engineers. We helped with local community activities. I was part of a group to help inform young kids about the petroleum industry, went to schools throughout the state. We helped with community functions.

What will you be doing after graduating?
Moving to Hobbs. I’ll be working for Halliburton as a professional petroleum engineer.

Amy Reed
2013 environmental engineering graduate

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
My most memorable moment here happened sophomore year. We had our first home game during 49ers weekend for soccer since I started playing freshman year. A lot of people showed up to the game, making it the biggest crowd to ever watch the Lady Miners play while I have been at Tech. In that game I scored an awesome goal in the second half by volleying it in the back of the net. We won the game 1-0. It was exciting having all my friends there to cheer us on and celebrate my game winning goal.

What feeling about Tech will you take with you?
I think from Tech I learned to become a more sociable person and put myself out there to make new friends. When I came here from Texas I barely knew two second cousins … so I had to learn to break out of my shell to meet new people. And I honestly have met some of the best friends here of my life at Tech.

What will you be doing after graduating?
Well, for two more years I will continue to enjoy the awesomeness at NMT. I am staying here to get my masters in environmental engineering.

Michaella Gorospe
2013 geochemistry master’s graduate

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
My most memorable moment was giving my defense presentation because even though it was stressful, it was exciting for me to share my work and tell people why I thought my research was important. I also have to say my time on the NMT Board of Regents was memorable; I’m glad I was able to help get the fifth year scholarship started for students.

What feeling about Tech will you take with you?
I feel that NMT has given me a lot of opportunities that will allow me to give back to my community here in New Mexico. Tech makes sure you know how to be resourceful and self-reliant so that we can tackle problems and not get discouraged when things aren’t easy. If you can make it at Tech, then you can make it anywhere!

What will you be doing after graduating?
From Santo Domingo Pueblo, I work for the Pueblo of Isleta Public Services Department — Water and Wastewater.

Griffin Swartzell
2013 technical communication graduate

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
My most memorable moment at NMT was Pavdirt. During the semester I was Paydirt’s editor-in-chief. I had the good luck of releasing an issue on April 1. My team and I assembled a parody issue, in homage to Paydirt from the 80s. The issue, Pravdirt, named for prominent Russian newspaper Pravda, was full of parody articles and hilarious nonsense, poking fun at tech culture, telling humorous stories and generally livening things up.

What feeling about Tech will you take with you?
Tech will always feel like the Twilight Zone to me, complete with Rod Serling’s voice reading emails from my professors. Still, I will remember this as a challenging time, and I will feel like I have overcome something significant at NMT and that I can overcome anything else that besets me.

What will you be doing after graduating?
I’m going to be looking for work wherever I can find it. The sooner I can break into science writing the better, but it’s time to pay off them student loans.

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