I really enjoyed attending ESEC in first year. At that time, I had little vision or understanding of what was available for me post graduation or what my options really were. I was confused and honestly a bit lost. I recall walking through the sessions I registered for and being so inspired hearing about the amazing things Engscis went on to create and contribute to. One of my favorite ESEC speakers, Karl Martin, was such an encouraging role model that I later reached out to him for mentorship. He agreed to donate some of his time to talk to me, and has since become an important and influential figure in my life and career – giving me the guidance and support necessary to make some pretty tough decisions thus far!