Working on the Sustainable Eye Care Project solidified the reason I want to be an engineer, which is knowing I have the ability to create something out of nothing. But it was also my first realization that I can do something with engineering that will help others.

Marco Valdez

"If it weren't for Posse, a full-tuition, leadership-based scholarship, I wouldn't be at Bucknell and I wouldn't have been able to make so many connections. The Posse community has made Bucknell so different for me. I feel like having that support system here on campus has really grounded me and reminded me of why I'm here and what my purpose is.

"I worked on the Sustainable Eye Care Project and I think that's the greatest impact that I've made at Bucknell. Another mechanical engineer and I were able to create a machine to cut out lenses for glasses. This past summer, we traveled down to Guatemala. We diagnosed about 35 people with their prescriptions; normally they would have to drive at least an hour to do that. We made 13-15 pairs of glasses from scratch and the fact that we could do that was mind blowing. That experience solidified the reason I want to be an engineer, which is knowing I have the ability to create something out of nothing. It was also my first realization that I can do something with engineering that will help others. And that's kind of what Bucknell does — extends its help to other places.

"I was part of the WE DO Campaign as a student panelist for three events. Being able to do that and talk about Bucknell gave me so much confidence and made me appreciate my school even more. I saw the connections that alumni make so easily and how much they love Bucknell — to be part of an institution that creates that sort of unity is definitely something that Bucknell has given to me."  

Marco is from Pacoima, Calif.

Posted May 20, 2014

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