"My internship with NASA Glenn Research Center represents the single most valuable contributor to my college education. While at NASA, I discovered that NASA employs some of the brightest and most prolific people in the science and engineering fields. The resulting academic environment was extremely stimulating and motivating. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to have experts explain their research to me, show me their research facilities, and generally involve me in their work. There are few places in the world where people are so passionate about the organization for which they work, and the work which they do there. My colleagues motivated me to think harder, to work smarter and to immerse myself in the NASA culture. My work at NASA also gave me a much more concrete idea of the direction I would like my career to go. This discovery has allowed me to better plan my future education, and has given me an idea of the steps I need to take to secure my desired career. Just doing this one internship will give me a much better chance of securing another work experience, as I have been able to network effectively and prove my own skills to the largest aerospace research organization in the world. Having this experience has given me the confidence and motivation that I need to continue my education, and move forward on a path toward a meaningful career in research and technology." B. K.