In high school I was a big reader and got into physics through books like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. I wanted to spend my undergraduate education learning about the fundamental rules that govern the universe. I didn’t want to just major in physics, however. I love engineering and design and wanted to study something closer to applied physics. I didn’t realize how much learning physics would change the way I think about the world. More than learning subject matter, I have really learned how to solve problems. I have worked with quantum optics and a renewable-powered buoy using my physics education. In the future, I want to work in research and development, doing something related to smart cities, environmental engineering, and the internet of things.