February 21 2017
“Five Under Five” is a series that features a question and answer session with an Elmira alumnus who graduated within the last five years.
Meet Daniel Bastardo Blanco who graduated from Elmira with the Astonishing Class of 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology. Since graduation, Daniel is earning his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Daniel currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee, and is working as a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
1. What is your fondest memory of your time at Elmira?
Walking past former President Dr. Meier in the hall of trophies of the Speidel Gymnasium. It was the day after I arrived to EC for International Orientation, and he greeted me by name with a big smile.
2. What is the most valuable lesson you learned in or out of the classroom at Elmira?
Serving one's community is the most valuable thing you can do in your spare time.
3. How did your experience at Elmira impact your passions in your career and who you are today?
Doing summer research at Elmira College really showed me science was my passion and being a scientist the career I wanted to choose for myself. I'm now a Ph.D. student at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and I would not be here if it had not been for the EC faculty that allowed me to experience research firsthand and opened my eyes to the world of possibilities in science.
4. What advice do you have for current undergrads or students considering attending Elmira?
College takes the most wonderful years of one's youth. Make sure to spend it in a place that nourishes your passions, helps you reach your dreams, and creates everlasting memories. Elmira College was that place for me.
5. What is the best thing about being an Elmira alum?
The community will always be there and is so supportive. The friends you make in your undergraduate career will be your friends for life, especially given the shared unique undergraduate Elmira College experience.
Stay tuned in for the next Five Under Five spotlight, Jesse Ellis ’12. Jesse attended Gallaudet University and earned a Master of Social Work degree.
If you are interested in being featured as part of the "Five Under Five" series, please contact Julie Fielding.