I hope that I always will have meaningful encounters with young people. Currently I am advising about a dozen engineering students that have entered my department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell. They are a great group of people from all parts of the U.S. as well from beyond our borders. It is a gift to meet a new crop of bright and talented 18-20 year olds and hopefully impart some wisdom to aid their journey to the engineering profession. It is good to get a fresh perspective on the opportunities life brings.