While I was a graduate student at Clemson University we had a Student Chapter called the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter, and becoming a member of this chapter gave me a lot of opportunities. In my first year that I joined the chapter I was elected as the communications chair of the chapter and the second year I became the vice president of the chapter which opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Becoming a member of this chapter allowed me to participate in prestigious transportation engineering conferences and I got the chance to meet the current president of the actual organization through networking at one of the conferences. It also helped me to make connections at the company that offered me a position in Las Vegas. I joined the Las Vegas chapter of ITE and lived there for several years.
Finally, I ended up coming back to Clemson, because while I was working in Vegas I realized that I like teaching more, so the plan is to become doctor and work as a professor in the future. I will definitely be teaching my students the importance of networking.