Tech experience in students’ words

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Angelica Vargas
Bachelor of Physics

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
(Spending time) with the astronomy club, having star parties. Being a group of nerds together was a lot of fun.

What will you miss most?
The people – we’re a group of people who love studying, love science and motivate each other. It’s really nice to be in that environment.

What are your plans after graduation?
I’m currently searching for a job. I was interviewed by the (NASA) Swift program. There were 22 applicants … hopefully I’ll be the one.

Abigail Smoake
Bachelor of Technical Communications

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
Going to the 4C Conference (Conference on College Composition and Communication) to present my technical writing project and my senior thesis.

What will you miss most?
I’m going to miss the friends I’ve made and my teachers.

What are your plans after graduation?
I currently have a job at the NRAO and that’s going to be extended after graduation.

Curtis Amble
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
The design team competitions I participated in (where we) built an RC plane to fly (multiple) missions. It’s an international competition – there are about 100 to 200 teams that enter. We did pretty well this last year, better than the team has done in the past.

What will you miss most?
My friends – A lot of my them aren’t graduating with me. They’ll be here for another year or two, and I’ll be moving on.

What are your plans after graduation?
I have a lot of prospects. The one I’m probably going to take is in Germany working with H&K (Heckler and Koch), producing small arms (and) directed electrical energy weapons. I’ve also considered biomed for graduate programs here in the states.

Elizabeth Gallagher
Bachelor of Biology

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
One of my favorite times at NMT was during the three snow days of 2011. It was filled with snow soccer, hot chocolate,
snowball fights and snow angels, friends, sledding, and of course, it
was a much-needed break from classes.

What will you miss most?
I’ll miss the wonderful biology department the
most! With our small class sizes and awesome teachers, I got really close
to everyone in my classes and felt at home in Jones Annex, and I’ll really
miss that close-knit and fun group.

What are your plans after graduation?
I’m hoping to move to Europe for a year with my
soon-to-be husband, and then plan on going to graduate school to study
wildlife conservation or sustainability practices.

Jeff Jackson
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

What was your most memorable experience at New Mexico Tech?
My most memorable non-school related experience is definitely breaking into a couple of the buildings before they were finished and almost getting caught once. (Memorable school-related experiences involved) a couple of classes I’ve taken this semester and last semester outside of my major. My humanities classes – human factors in science engineering and TRIZ systematic problem solving — have been very interesting. It’s a humanistic look at engineering. It’s taking engineering and taking the focus away from the bits themselves and looking at how they interact with people. Almost the memorable thing about my entire experience (was) the continual and repeated ways which I am exposed to the complete different directions and vision that the students and faculty, and the administration, have — what they think, how they see the school, what their priorities are, what they’re trying to do.

What will you miss most?
The community of like-minded people. I’m really nervous about having to go out and deal with people who aren’t in this society so to speak. New Mexico Tech, very much, is a society unto its own. At the same time, I am looking forward to getting out of here and broadening my experiences and the challenges that will come in dealing with people that aren’t focused on the physical aspects of problems.

What are your plans after graduation?
Look for a job. I’d really like to get out of state and go somewhere different. I know that I want to fix problems and I know that I want to do something related to industry. Other than that, I have no particular area of industry that I’m interested in, which gives me a lot of options but doesn’t give me a lot of direction.