Dear AISS Supporter,
As last month’s Alumni Luncheon
drew closer, the scholars worked rigorously to improve and perfect their research presentations. Each group tackled a world problem of their choice and came up with a potential solution. The teams chose important issues that ranged from plastic pollution in our oceans to the U.S. foster care system. Scholars also practiced their presentations during their Saturday sessions before presenting for the Luncheon.
Scholar teams present their projects at Alumni Luncheon
The scholars worked on posters that represented a career they’re interested in pursuing. Each poster was a unique way of showcasing the scholar’s professional interests. The purpose of the poster was to put it up at the Alumni Luncheon so that everyone who attended could get to know the students better. The scholars were expected to network with alumni and other guests to help them practice for the real world.
The day of the Alumni Luncheon finally arrived and it was time for scholars to present their topics. This event was not only so that the scholars could present, but to put their networking skills into action and try to connect with the AISS alumni and board members/faculty.
Current scholar Cielo Echegoyen
presented on how AISS has benefited her thus far. Alumni also spoke to the scholars, including Vivian Pham
(Class of 2015), who recently began as a software engineer at Qualcomm and Ruth Beltran
(Class of 2017), who is pursuing a Biomedical and Pre-Medicine degree at UCI and interning at a clinic.
Alumni speaking on panel
Recent AISS graduate Julian Reyes
, who just finished his first semester at UC San Diego, spoke in depth about the emotional impact AISS had on him. "I never thought I'd be in this position right now talking to you guys," Julian told the room. "I thank AISS- without them, I wouldn't be where I am right now."
Julian Reyes and AISS Instructor Dr. Ortiz-Franco
We are looking forward to the new year and the new memories that will be made. Thank you for following our journey!
To read more about our Alumni Luncheon, click here.