was the summer of 1984 and I had arrived on the RPI campus right out of high school,
no summer vacation. It was quite a transition from New York City to Troy but it
was very exciting and a real adventure. As a HEOP student I took classes over
that summer and I was completely prepped for the fall '84 semester as a freshman.
One of my classes was chemistry, a subject I truly loathe to this
day. However, the professor was Henry Hollinger. Professor Hollinger has got to
be the most wonderful faculty member I have ever met in all of my years associated
with Rensselaer. He managed to somehow make chemistry fun and also teach us a
whole lot about that science. Despite the homework, labs, and tests, I really
enjoyed the class and the experience. This will always remain one of my fondest
academic experiences at RPI. Thank you, Professor Hollinger.
Michael A. Rivera '90
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