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Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera

Research microbiologist | CDC | Class of 2003

Back and forth, and back and forth, Angel Rivera went between the Life Sciences building and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the early 2000s.

The trips hold "special meaning" to the research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "Their juxtaposition is an interesting metaphor of the balance between work and life, for simply crossing the street between these two buildings would have you dealing with those two aspects of your academic existence. 

“I remember with fondness how from time to time I would sit at the Romanesque amphitheater to ponder my future as I looked at the place where I was forging it. Reflecting on the great minds that walked there before me and how lucky I was to have met some extraordinary minds walking with me, influencing my thinking and my career.

"Just as well, I recall taking quick breaks while working late evenings, looking out the windows of the Life Sciences building, sipping on coffee while watching people coming to see performances at Krannert. 

“I still stand in disbelief, bewildered by the amazing talent that came through there and how enriching and enlightening it was to my life. And like that, a spot on campus became a favorite, for it was there I immersed in richness and diversity, lived wonderful experiences and learned lessons that I keep with me today.”