Indiana Tech asked its alumni to share their stories with the next generation of students. I am incredibly honored that Indiana Tech chose to share mine.
It's National STEM Day - the ideal day to talk to young people about the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and to help them on their journey in any way that you can.
It's also the perfect day to announce that the university has asked me to teach a second course, so I must be doing something right! I love being an adjunct professor. Helping the next generation of engineers reach their goals means more to me than I can express. Part-time teaching, along with my full-time dream job (SoC Design Engineer), has given me immeasurable fulfillment. I am very fortunate and grateful.
On this National STEM Day, I can't help but reflect on the road I've taken to get where I am today. There have been plenty of forks in the road, a few detours and road closures, and lots of twists and turns, but I managed to achieve my goals thanks to the numerous supportive people I met along the way.
So today, join me - support young people and help them along their paths. Be generous with your time, be willing to teach, and be anxious to mentor. Give them the tools and the confidence they need to pursue their dreams.
In short, to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, tell them this: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."