Last week, Assoc. Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nick Pohlman invited some NIU engineering alumni to sit on a panel discussion called “Advice from Alumni” for the first-year engineers in the UEET 101 Intro to Engineering classes. On the panel were Adebayo Adejinle, Pryce McDaniel, Anna Green, Jordan Pugliese, Alex Dumoulin, who spoke on Monday. On Wednesday Alex Witte, Ray Alaniz, Kristen Brennan, Kamila Krupiarz, Bernard Misiak sat on the panel. We appreciate our generous alumni who continue to give back and support our future generation of engineers. Thanks to all for participating! Some of the students reported these takeaways from the presentation:
‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.’ I believe that 100%. I feel like I am having been challenged with a lot of obstacles in my way and that has definitely changed me and my perspective on my own reality. Every day I think of things, quotes, mantras, that can help me continue to fight the struggle that is life. I try to find inspiration in anything I can find and even a few words can mean a lot.
The thing that stuck with me throughout this panel was working hard towards goal but also get help when needed. Success is made from multiple mistakes and learning from those mistakes in order to go forward. However, if you don’t understand something then getting help is the best option. Many engineers always do things by themselves and never ask for help which becomes overwhelming.
Failure leads to success. Not everything will be perfect the first time. Anything can be done if you believe it and work hard to achieve it.