"I thought it looked really nice, so when I got home I looked more into the academics and I saw that there were really good academic programs and also a really good emphasis on the arts. I was looking for a school that had both, so it became one of my top choices."
Daniel Maskas '12, chemical engineering
Class of 2012 update: After graduation, Daniel is headed to UMass Lowell to pursue a master's degree in bioprocess engineering
"When I was in high school, my college advisor suggested Bucknell. I was visiting colleges in Pennsylvania later, and we decided to stop by Bucknell. We got here in the late afternoon and took a self-guided tour and I got to see most of the campus. I thought it looked really nice, so when I got home I looked more into the academics and I saw that there were really good academic programs and also a really good emphasis on the arts. I was looking for a school that had both, so it became one of my top choices.
"Later on, after I applied, the dance program contacted me about an Association of the Arts scholarship. They said they saw on my application that I dance and asked me to come down and try out."
"I picked chemical engineering because I really liked chemistry in high school. When I came here, I was a chemistry major, but I also took Engineering 100 just to see that side of things, and throughout that course, I saw that engineering had a lot of opportunities in a whole wide spectrum of fields. The engineering department also seemed like such a supportive environment that really gives you a good start in the professional world and makes you prepared for what to do after college, so I thought I would switch over to chemical engineering.
"What excites me about my major is mostly the chemistry behind it and just understanding how things work on such a fundamental level. Also, there's all of the problem-solving that's involved. We're always presented with these open-ended problems, and we have to somehow come up with a solution to them in maybe less than a week, so it's an interesting challenge. Sometimes it can get kind of hard, but we are all really supportive of each other, too."
"I do all kinds of dance — ballet, tap, jazz, modern. I didn't start modern until I got here, but it's become one of my favorites. Tap is definitely my number-one favorite. I am a member of the Bucknell Dance Company, and I also joined the Latino Dance Corner, which is sort of like a ballroom dance club. This year, I also am involved in the musical theater club and their production of the "Broadway Beats," which is a review of different musical acts. I usually take one dance class per semester — modern or ballet or jazz — and then I do usually two or three pieces with the dance company for the fall concert and again for the spring concert.
"I am also involved in the fantasy literature club called Writers of Rohan. It's a lot of fun. We read fantasy and we write our own short stories. I am in Adventures Wanted, which is a LARPing club. LARP stands for live-action role playing. It's kind of like "Dungeons and Dragons," only you act out everything. It's like you are 10 years old playing pretend again, only it has a set of rules you have to follow. You build swords and stuff out of PVC and duct tape and foam insulation. It's a fun thing to do a couple weekends a year.
"I am in KRAID, the video gaming club. KRAID is a reference to a video game character. It meets Friday and Saturday nights in Dana and provides students with a nonalcoholic way of spending their weekend. We set up a bunch of different video game systems in the different rooms on the first floor, like "Rock Band" and "DDR," and people just come to have fun.
There is a really different mix in all of these clubs of English majors and chemical engineers and all aspects of the school."
Daniel is from Sterling, Mass.Posted Dec. 13, 2010