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Jordan Librande ’13


THE PIANO THAT JORDAN LIBRANDE ’13 ALTER- nately enjoyed and resented has been a constant since he was first set in front of the keys at age three. He has found peace with the piano, now a comforting refuge from his studies. Te opportunity to continue pursuing his interest in music


was one reason Librande selected HMC. An honor student from the Bay area who loved mathematics, Librande knew HMC was the right place for him after visiting during Admitted Student Weekend. “I liked the culture, the tight community, the fact that it was a small school inside a large one [Te Claremont Colleges]. You can choose to fully experience all of it or just parts,” he says. In addition to classes in his major, computer science and mathematics, Librande takes piano classes, music theory and music history. After being persuaded by friends during his first year, he also tried out for Te Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Team and has been a team member ever since. His child- hood Taekwondo training (black belt) came in handy. Librande said the movements in both sports are similar: sharp poses and balance, in particular. As he moves from the cha cha to “Gangnam Style,” Librande is multitasking (socializing, playing and exercising), a strategy that’s served him well at HMC. Tere’s definitely never a dull moment for


Librande, who has been taking 18 or 19 units each semester until now, his senior year (15 units this fall semester). Last year, he was part of a computer science team that explored observationally cooperative multi- threading (OCM), research led by professors Christopher Stone and Melissa O’Neil. OCM is a new programming model for shared memory concurrency, designed to make correct multi- threaded programs easier to write. “Our goal was to make paral- lel programming easier,” says Librande.


Tis work directly relates to her other main interest: helping people. Posadas came to campus


as a Summer Institute scholar. Te program, which prepares first-year students for academic and personal success, was so positive that she wanted to help give others the same expe- rience. So, she served the next two summers as an SI men- tor and, in 2012, became the program’s head mentor. She also volunteers with


Combining computer science with mathematics suits his


My balance tip: Don’t feel bad about being late to class because you’re having an amazing conversa- tion about how much cooler sports would be with rocket packs and wing suits.


interests. “I’ve really grown to love the fields at the intersec- tion of computer science and mathematics: image processing, algorithms, artificial intelligence—things that rely on both subjects.” Tis year, he took an artificial intelligence class at Pomona College, where he wrote a program to analyze movie review text to determine if it is positive or negative. Of his experience at Mudd, Librande says it’s


been very positive, especially HMC’s mixed-year suites, where seniors and first-years are housed together. “I love that nearly all Mudders live on campus for four years. Tat’s made a huge impact on me,” he says.


To round out his college experience, Librande takes advan-


tage of trips off campus (he’s gone to concerts, amusement parks and musicals) and enjoys as many hours as possible with friends playing video games, including favorites Super Smash Brothers, Rock Band and League of Legends. Tese activities help him to stay optimistic, he says. “Ten, the rest of life is easier.”


Uncommon Good, a local organization committed to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Te work has included mentoring students and coordinating events such as a recent service project, which brought SI scholars and local teens together to clear land for a sustainable farming project in Pomona, Calif. As president of the Society


of Hispanic Professional Engineers, she worked with Uncommon Good to bring


students to campus for tours and talks with faculty. Posadas worked with SHPE


and Chicano Latino Student Affairs to bring astronaut José Hernández to HMC last spring for the César Chávez Celebra- tion. She also has served as an English tutor for dining services and facilities staff and helped one staff member pre- pare for her citizenship test. Her free time is spent long-


boarding—a skill she learned at HMC—learning hip-hop and


Balance tips: Stay organized and set priorities. If two interests conflict, choose one. You can’t do it all.


Latin dance and attempting to freeline skate. She also loves reptiles and has a pet bearded dragon named Charlie. One day, she hopes to re-


sume playing the French horn and secure a job in agricultural engineering.


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