One of the main advantages of MSE over other engineering disciplines is the size, which makes it an extremely supportive and tight-knit community. Materials... is a family, and I believe that’s what makes it different and better than all others!
Classwork isn’t everything - good grades are important, but don’t let this keep you from getting practical experience and having fun with extracurriculars!
The best thing about the Clark School is the quantity of opportunities available - I've had to learn how to turn down opportunities because there are so many to choose from!
Don't be afraid to be spontaneous. While it's good to have plans for the future, it's impossible to be aware of every opportunity that you'll encounter - take a risk and follow your intuition.
If your plan of attack isn't working, don’t keep doing the same thing expecting a different result... the goal is to work smarter, not harder.
Conceptualizing a problem, and being able to visualize it, is the first major thing you can do to try to solve it.
The best thing about being on campus is the people and the social events!
My primary reason for choosing UMD was because of the incredible STEM advances
My favorite course is Biomaterials - I discovered I'm incredibly passionate about implants, 3D printed tissue and drug delivery methods. Improving human health is a life-goal of mine.
Once I learned about the fascinating work within the field, I knew MSE was for me.