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The December Grads

The December Grads

A few of our most recent graduates reflect on the beauty of physics, the challenges of reconciling faith and diversity, the joy of getting into medical school, and the meaning of being burnt orange.

UT graduationThese four students, from the class of 2009-and-a-half, exemplify what's best about the college. They've studied hard, they've cared about friends and family, they've achieved in and out of the classroom, and now they're going out to change the world.


Leah Hesla: Making Music with Physics

Leah Hesla was 29 when she decided to go back to school to study physics. She already had an undergraduate degree in music, and a Master’s degree in musicology (from UT), but there was something missing.

Ryan Hassan: The Express Train

Ryan Hassan, who’s graduating this month with a degree in physics, came to the College of Natural Sciences with a simple plan. He wanted to finish quickly, he wanted to set himself up to get into medical school, and he wanted to enjoy college.

Carina De La Pena: Beyond Culture Shock

For Carina De La Pena, who’s graduating this month with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), college was a process that both challenged and re-affirmed her core values and her expectations of herself.

Max Seiter: Biology as Boot Camp

The day that I sat down to chat with Max Seiter, who’s graduating this month with a degree in biology, turned out to be one of the best days of his life.

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