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Undergraduate before Ph.D

Undergraduate before Ph.D
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 As a Ph.D. student who also did his B.S. in the same major (biomedical engineering) at Purdue University, I have learned many things and experienced new ups and downs that I think future undergraduates would maybe like to read.

 For me, undergraduate years were a time of exploration, self-discovery, and laying the groundwork for future endeavors 10 or 20 years later. I started my undergraduate studies in the Fall of 2015 at Purdue University. Interestingly, I got accepted to Purdue as a Psychology major. Even though I was still interested in psychology (I got my minor in psychology by the time I graduated), I realized early on that I wanted to go into engineering. The hands-on building, the analytical mindset, and the technical expertise were something that I wanted when I entered my 30s and 40s. Because of this, I chose to switch majors my first semester here at Purdue, despite the potential pushback of my graduation date.

 But it wasn't all smooth sailing. The demanding coursework, late-night study sessions (rip my sleep schedule), and the occasional battle with procrastination served as valuable lessons in time management and perseverance. Perhaps this is where my coffee addiction started. The struggle to balance academic pursuits, maintaining grades, and personal commitments taught me the importance of prioritization and adaptability.

 Undergraduate life also provided fertile ground for personal growth. It was a time of self-reflection, discovering passions, and refining career aspirations. Exploring various fields of study, engaging with mentors, and taking on research projects opened doors to new possibilities and ignited intellectual curiosity. I learned to embrace challenges, overcome self-doubt, and cultivate the resilience necessary for future endeavors.

 But perhaps one of the most precious aspects of undergraduate life was the diversity of perspectives encountered. Interacting with classmates from different backgrounds, cultures, and disciplines broadened my worldview and challenged my assumptions. Within these diverse conversations and debates, I realized the transformative power of collaboration and the immense value of collective intelligence.

 To whom it may concern, the most beautiful melodies are often crafted from the chords of perseverance and resilience. Embrace the complexity, stay resolute, and let your unwavering spirit conduct the harmony of your journey.