Intern collaboration: left to right Max Feuerman, Liam Evans, Alex Jensen, Julia Commane. Photographer Hannah Steyn.
It is every little kid’s dream to grow up and change the world. At least that was my big dream. How exactly I would change the world I did not know. As I am now going into my third year of college, I thankfully was able to narrow down my vague dream. I am studying chemical and material engineering at Clarkson University, and that is only the start. I have big dreams for where I want to go and what I want to do with my degree. But I cannot only just dream it, I must envision it. Dreams are just ideas in the clouds, but visions have a goal and tangible steps to get to that ultimate goal.
My internship here at Indium Corporation taught me the importance of plans, steps, and end goals. To not simply work without a purpose, but to have a vision or final destination. At the start of this internship, I was asked what I wanted to get out of the experience. I simply answered I wanted to learn about the industry and contribute where I could. Since being here, however, I have found my direction. I have a vision. My main project consists of diving deep into researching the up and coming technologies and Indium Corporation’s TIMs potential roles. However, I don’t just want to be a specialist in this specific technology — I want to learn what the entirety of what Indium Corporation has to offer. I am stationed at the company's headquarters but, since learning of the four other Mohawk Valley locations during orientation, I have made it my goal to go and see every one of them — to poke around and ask questions, to make connections, and to see the manufacturing process from start to finish. So far, I have made it to four out of the five facilities; not a bad start for being halfway through my internship! I have met some really cool people, and I want to go back and see a few processes again more closely. I am excited for what opportunities this internship with Indium Corporation holds, and learning how I can help the company’s visions for the future and how this whole experience can help me achieve my ultimate career goals as well.
Some people let life happen to them. They keep going just to see where they end up. But I propose a different way of life: to envision your dreams. Even though your dreams may seem too ambitious or you don’t know exactly what steps to take. You have to have envision and set that goal or else you risk looking behind and realizing all the time you spent could have been put toward something you really wanted to be doing.
Hindsight being 20/20, I challenge you to envision a better 2030.
Best of Luck,