Congratulations on embarking on this challenging and rewarding journey! 

Your decision to pursue this field shows your determination, intelligence, and commitment to making a positive impact on the world. Remember that every step you take in your education is a step towards innovation, progress, and problem-solving.

Embrace the Challenge: This field is not always easy, but every challenge you face is an opportunity to learn and grow. Don't be afraid to push your boundaries and tackle difficult problems head-on.

Stay Curious: Curiosity is the driving force behind innovation. Always question, explore, and seek to understand the "why" and "how" of things. The more you learn, the more you can contribute to the field.

Collaborate and Communicate: It is rarely a solo endeavor. Effective communication and collaboration with your peers are essential skills. Share ideas, learn from others, and work together to solve complex problems.

Learn from Failure: Mistakes and setbacks are part of the learning process. Don't be discouraged by them; instead, see them as valuable lessons that will help you improve and innovate.

Stay Updated: This is a rapidly evolving field. Keep up with the latest advancements and trends through conferences, journals, and networking events. Adaptability is a valuable skill.

Celebrate Achievements: Whether it's acing an exam, completing a challenging project, or landing an internship, celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Recognize your progress and stay motivated.

Remember Your Purpose: This field is about solving real-world problems and making a difference in people's lives. Keep your passion alive by reminding yourself of the positive impact your work can have on society.

Never Give Up: There will be moments when you doubt yourself or face seemingly insurmountable challenges. In those times, remember why you started this journey and persevere. You have the potential to achieve great things.

Enjoy the Journey: While focusing on your goals is important, remember that the journey itself is filled with valuable experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Enjoy every step of it.

You are the future innovators, problem solvers, and leaders in the world. Believe in your abilities, stay determined, and keep reaching for the stars. 

Your contributions will shape the world in remarkable ways. 

Best of luck on your educational adventure!

– Carlos Cabrera, Dean, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science


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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.