- MAJOR: Aerospace Engineering
- COLLEGE: University at Buffalo
We moved around a lot when I was a kid.
I lived in China with my grandparents, then Louisiana (where I learned English in kindergarten), New York, Florida, and Boston, all by third grade. I didn’t have a set group of friends I could rely on for life. It made me realize there will be struggles in life, but nothing I can’t bear. I learned how to adapt to different situations.
Jacky Lin’s passions are aviation and music. A cellist, he formed a symphonic orchestra at Tech combining strings, band and chorus. He found 40 student musicians to join it, and a teacher to be its faculty advisor.
He is an award-winning leader in the Civil Air Patrol, reviving Tech’s chapter after the pandemic shutdown. He has flown a Cessna 172 three times: “It felt surreal to fly before I drove a car.”
Having moved around so much earlier, Jacky now intends to stay in New York, as a mechanical engineer: “The mix of different cultures here is what really makes this city so special. I don’t think I can really work anywhere else that will give me that day to day interaction.”
It made me realize there will be struggles in life, but nothing I can’t bear. I learned how to adapt to different situations.
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