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Crestina Pacheco

Physics

Email: k10cp01@kzoo.edu
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Majors: Physics and Chemistry
Study Abroad: Perth, Australia
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Depends on the day but generally Rocky Road or Cookies & Cream
Best Adjective to Describe You: Bouncy


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Physics gives you the tools to make a difference in many different applications.  Besides, it’s a blast.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
My Physics 150 professors were what initially drew me to physics, and the other professors are what keep me coming back. It is really neat to begin to see the connections between the different branches of physics, and how everything is interconnected, especially between physics and chemistry.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don't get too caught up in your grades.  Instead, focus on enjoying and understanding the material.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Physics lets me use my brain to figure out why something happens, and to understand the principles and math of different, real-world processes. Then, the practical aspect of physics allows me the chance to apply these concepts, and create something new with them.  It’s a great connection between brain and hands.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
It's OK to make mistakes, just learn from them.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I really liked Classical Mechanics, and Introduction to Wheel Throwing. I enjoyed how they combined science and working with your hands.

What is your SIP?
I am doing my SIP at Colorado School of Mines, looking at the wetting and spreading characteristics of different brazing melts for nickel super alloys.  In addition, I am designing and synthesizing a silicon compound to be used as a new binder for welding electrodes.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Graduate school of some sort: Geo-physics, Geo-engineering, Applied Physics or Mechanical Engineering.

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