April 15, 2008
Christine Dao wasn't born in Texas, but she could not wait to become a Texan.
Dao visited Rice as a senior in high school, and right away, she knew it was the place for her.
"After visiting, I knew I could not go to school anywhere else. I fell in love with the campus, the people, the environment, and the unique traditions that Rice has like Beer bike, Baker Feast, the 80s party and O-Week," she recalled.
Dao plans to graduate in the fall of 2009. After graduation, Dao would like to attend pharmacy school, an interest which she attributes largely to an internship she held at the Neuropharmacology Lab at UC Irvine in 2006. Some of her responsibilities included assisting researchers in running protein assays and gel electrophoreses, preparing buffered solutions, weighing compounds, and organizing data.
Currently, Dao volunteers at the Texas Children's Hospital, working with children and providing assistance to patients and their families. She has also worked at the Institute of Equestrian Therapy.
"Volunteering at the Institute of Equestrian Therapy was a particularly enjoyable experience. I had the responsibility of grooming the horses and helping the kids during their riding sessions. We spent the first part of the session riding trails, and the second half performing exercises that worked on the kids' perception, coordination, and balance. It was great to watch how each child's self esteem improved with each session." said Dao.
Dao was an Orientation Week Advisor in 2006, providing academic and support to Rice freshman. She also helped plan their academic schedules.
This summer, Dao plans to work in a biology lab with Rice professor Dr. Mike Gustin.
"Being at Rice has surpassed all my expectations, providing me with a great education and wonderful memories. As a student athlete, I think I have had the best college experience possible." said Dao.
She is destined to be one of Tomorrow's Leaders.