I still remember the first day of orientation at Purdue University. While everyone was introducing themselves, I noticed a stark difference compared to my previous experience. In my undergraduate program, the vast majority of my batch mates shared the same academic backgrounds and career interests. At Purdue MEM, my fellow students joined from a wide range of engineering disciplines and held an array of career aspirations. The commonality that brought us together was our zeal to build a career in the corporate world. Pursuing a Master's in Engineering Management was our stepping stone to growing a leadership-focused career in our chosen technical field that incorporated a closer look towards management.