Student Spot Light: Luke Soule
Luke Soule is a man on a mission. Set to graduate this May, he is currently looking at several top ten graduate schools around the country. He plans to add to his already impressive academic accomplishments by pursuing a PhD.
A local New Mexican, Mr. Soule has spent the last few summers interning at Harvard, Sandia National Laboratory, and MIT while continuing projects here at NMT. These opportunities have come from an ambitious approach he employed to get the experience he wanted. “I applied to over 300 positions at Sandia Labs, and got one interview.” he told Paydirt. Each summer he got an internship, it was one of the 30 or more he applied to. His persistence paid off. “When I got the call [from Harvard], I was dumbfounded. I never thought I could [work there]. Especially being from New Mexico, the east coast and west coast seemed untouchable... it was a great experience. I made friends for life at Harvard.”
He hasn’t decided which school he wants to attend this fall, but his plan is to work on the research and development of new battery technology.
Any advice to freshman, or anyone thinking about going to Tech?
“Try to just follow some kind of path. It’s going to change all the time, but you have to find some reason you’re doing this. You’re not pulling all nighters for no reason, right? You gotta do it because you love it.”
“You can start small, but you can go on and touch hundreds of thousands of lives.”
“Look at the future, be pragmatic… think long term. This suffering is a very small part of your life. So make it worth it.”
“Tech is hard because of the town, there’s lots of social isolation, but this school is incredible. It has single handedly allowed me to go to Harvard, MIT, and these top grad schools. I couldn’t have done it by myself. I have a lot of good things to say about this school and would recommend it to anybody, despite the stigmas.”