I remember walking into my first ETS (then TSG) morning meeting feeling nervous and excited. Looking around at the unfamiliar faces, I noticed a great diversity in the members, differences in culture, academic expertise, and life experiences, but all wore a welcoming smile. It didn’t take long for them to be my bosom friends, mentors, inspirations, and collaborators. Three years later, I look back and can see how much I have grown as a professional and a person. Professionally, Professor Cho not only imparted knowledge about the tissue engineering field and the creativity and fundamentals required to develop future state-of-the-art technologies, but also shared his network and resources so that I was able to interact with world renown scientists. I was able to hone my research and communications skills, as well as managerial skills through exposure to different projects.
Personally, what I found most remarkable about ETS was the open support system formed by the group members. The interdisciplinary backgrounds of the individuals made it easier for me to overcome research problems as suggestions and different perspectives were voiced. Each member had an inspirational drive to learn more and tactfully attack the scientific problem they were facing. Equally important was my increased understanding of the world through conversation, including topics of politics and the culture found in 8+ countries represented. And I will never forget lunch times, coffee breaks, and out of campus meetups filled with laughter and merriment. I look forward to seeing how ETS thrives and where my fellow friends and colleagues will be in the future. I should probably take their autographs now! Thank you Professor Cho and all members of the ETS for an unforgettable three years!