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Jacob Robinson '20

Mechanical Engineering
“From day one, I knew that I would succeed because I would always have people to encourage me every step of the way.”

When Jacob Robinson began his college search, he had little idea that he would choose a school nearly 2,800 miles from his home in Lompoc, CA. However, after touring campus and meeting with faculty, he was confident that YCP would be the perfect fit. "I wanted a fresh and new experience during my college years as well as the opportunity to both swim and pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

When I saw the project workplace with all the machines for Engineering, I knew I wanted to come here for the academics. The swim team was also amazing," said Robinson. While it was difficult to leave the support of his parents, especially his dad, who has always acted as a second coach and mentor, Robinson knows that he made the right decision. When classes began, he was delighted by the quality of classroom instruction and hands-on experience the Mechanical Engineering program had to offer.

A four-year letter winner for his high school varsity swim team and a five-time Junior Olympics bronze medalist, Robinson made it a priority to join the men's swim team. With the 100- and 200- meter breaststroke being his best events, Robinson immediately contributed to the success of the team whom he now refers to as his second family. Robinson is also a triathlete and trains year-round to compete in an annual triathlon. An avid NASCAR fan, Robinson is hoping to put his degree in Mechanical Engineering toward a career as a NASCAR engineer. He believes the quality education he is receiving at YCP will go a long way toward helping him to achieve this dream.

written by Jennifer Hindley '17

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