Take advantage of all MSE mentoring opportunities, whether it's mentoring with faculty members or with upper classmen, I've learned a lot of valuable advice about how to succeed in the major
Conceptualizing a problem, and being able to visualize it, is the first major thing you can do to try to solve it.
Never be afraid to work towards your passions.
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.
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!
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.
My primary reason for choosing UMD was because of the incredible STEM advances