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Schmidt’s outside-the-classroom learning experiences satisfied in so many ways

In May 2022, Joshua Schmidt capped a stellar college career at Indiana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. A month later, he began an impressive engineering position with a Fortune 250 company.

However, well before it was time for him to research colleges, develop a leadership style or plot out a path for his future, Joshua Schmidt faced stressors that no brother should have to face. His younger brother became gravely ill, sending Joshua and his family on an emotional journey as the younger Schmidt fought for his life. Fortunately, Joshua’s brother received life-saving medical care from Riley Hospital for Children. 

Little did Joshua know this experience would directly influence his future: chiefly, where he would go to college and what he could do when given the freedom to pursue his passion, develop professionally and grow on a deeper personal level.

“When I was considering which college to attend, I was looking for an opportunity to start a program that raises funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children. While I discussed this with other universities, Indiana Tech saw that I was involved in a similar program while I was in high school and encouraged me to start the Warriors for Kids student organization and bring my vision to life,” Joshua said. “Indiana Tech helped me form the on-campus connections and provided an advisor and the financial support to get such a program off the ground. They encouraged me to go for it every step of the way.” 

During his time at Tech, Joshua organized 15 Warriors for Kids events and raised nearly $13,000 for Riley Hospital for Children. The highs and lows of this real-world learning experience helped Joshua become proficient at leading and delegating, building relationships, and anticipating and solving problems. He also gained the satisfaction that comes with accomplishing goals and giving back to one’s community. 

“Because of everything I have learned through this experience, I know my decision to attend Indiana Tech was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Joshua said.