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Tsoi, Micah

Major: 
Materials Science and Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

Service. A person who struggles constantly with their sense of self worth, I view Community Service as the best cure to self-loathing. Helping others forces me to look beyond myself and understand those who are truly suffering. The work can be mundane, for sure; as Community Service chair of the Engineering Honor Society, I continually remind our volunteers that every weed we pull and every nail we organize is part of the larger goal to serve others. But acts of service great and small remind me that the work I put into myself ultimately allows me to return to my communities smarter, and more ready to serve.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

Instruction. Teaching another human being is perhaps the greatest challenge one could ever face. The teacher must have knowledge to offer, the student must be willing to listen, and even then the only thing that keeps a lesson from becoming an argument is a fine line of trust. Teaching is no easy task, but it is exactly that difficulty of communicating new ideas that makes is just as important to practice one's ability to teach, as it is to learn.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
  • Materials EMaterials Engineering Science (MatSci) - President
  • Engineering Honor Society (TBP) - Community Service Chair
  • UMCP Fencing Club - Vice President
  • Engineering Without Borders - Event, NIcaragua, and Local Projects
What is your cool engineering experience?: 

During a service project with TBP and Community Forklift, a local consignment shop, we were asked to stow away bins upon bins of loose nuts and bolts. Using only our hands and some small plastic bags, the task was obviously going to take all four hours. But by using some of the containers, funnels and trays around the room, our small team of six was able to optimize our movements, filling bags to just the right amount under half the time it took to do by hand.