This chapter recounts Capra’s college years at Throop College of Technology in Pasadena. The snobbery Capra had encountered at Manual Arts High School fueled his drive for acceptance in mainstream American society. Capra believed that his path to success in America was to become an engineer. He majored in chemical engineering and most of the courses he took were technical. During his first year at Throop, Capra won the Freshman Travel Scholarship Prize, which provided $250 for a six-week trip around the United States and Canada to visit schools, laboratories, and factories, with a concentration on the chemical field. In Capra’s last months at Troop another passion was taking the place of science in his life: motion pictures.
Keywords: Frank Capra, college education, Throop College, engineer, motion pictures