Reflections from an Engineering Graduate

Pagels, Andrew

Hi Dr. Torti—

You may not remember me, but consider me representative of the Honors student body. I came into the University like many not knowing more than a modicum about what I wanted to do, and how I could add value to the world. I leave, this Spring, with a clear picture of my own vector of impact, feeling empowered and confident. I have learned not a set of facts in my time here, but a mindset—a way of seeing the world as something that is constantly being edited, changed, improved by the people who care to do it. Now, I feel that I can be one of those people, and this is in no small part thanks to what Honors has taught me.

And so, I wanted to express to you how thankful I am for what you’ve done for us. As a “manager” or “administrator” myself (I started a company during my time here), I understand how much value is created for “customers” (read: students) by people behind the scenes.

You have touched my life in more ways than you probably know—I had my first leadership experience leading the ASB trip to Rio Mesa, my first experience experimenting with innovation in healthcare in Professor Jim Agutter’s Honors Praxis Lab, and many of my most intellectually catalytic moments inside classrooms in Honors (Intellectual Traditions 2108 with Dr. Brian Kubarycz—wow).

So, thank you for all that you do, and all of the opportunities you’ve had a hand in creating. It is not taken for granted.

Andrew Pagels
Honors Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2015