My primary reason for choosing UMD was because of the incredible STEM advances
Once I learned about the fascinating work within the field, I knew MSE was for me.
Conceptualizing a problem, and being able to visualize it, is the first major thing you can do to try to solve it.
Classwork isn’t everything - good grades are important, but don’t let this keep you from getting practical experience and having fun with extracurriculars!
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!
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
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.
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.
Hard work and dedication are extremely important and to be valued.
Never be afraid to work towards your passions.