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Advice for incoming college students from senior Tyler McIntosh

Tyler McIntosh has “kept an open mind” throughout his college experience, from taking up mountain biking as a hobby to trying intramural sports. He advises incoming students to make their own memories at Pacific.

College can be unpredictable. When faced with adversity, how do you respond? I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tyler McIntosh, an engineering management student set to graduate this spring, about his time at Pacific and his advice for incoming students.

Try new things

Like most of us, Tyler’s college experience was not exactly what he expected. His first-year self would be shocked to know he would move back home, attend classes via Zoom and try mountain biking during his undergraduate years. 

“I got into it during COVID,” Tyler explained. “Buying the bikes and the equipment was the most impulsive thing I’ve ever done. It’s also a good way to stay in shape and it’s nice to be out in nature.”

A trip to the outlets in Livermore led Tyler to purchase random mountain biking equipment that he found on sale. He later realized he needed to buy an actual bike, too. So he bought six. 

Tyler did not let hypotheticals hold him back from trying something different. He took advantage of the free time gained from the pandemic and attempted a sport he never would have thought of trying. 

Tyler’s favorite spot is Pleasanton Ridge. “It’s a steep climb, but it’s well worth the effort on the way back down,” Tyler explained. A little over an hour away from campus, the park is perfect for hikers and equestrians too.

Keep an open mind

Without a doubt, college is an intimidating place, especially for an incoming freshman. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which clubs to join or which major to choose. But Tyler believes you shouldn’t let fear of failure or becoming stuck in something you dislike prevent you from finding your passion. 

“I would definitely say to keep an open mind when picking their concentration,” Tyler advises. “You get exposed to a variety of different programs, and it’s really easy to switch if you find one you really like.”

Tyler’s advice to incoming engineering management students can be applied to all aspects of college and life: keep an open mind. There are many opportunities for you to take advantage of, and it’s up to you to do so. Step out of your comfort zone and take the risk. Apply for the on-campus job on Handshake or take a class in a subject that interests you, even if it’s not your major. 

Make memories

From sports to job fairs, University of the Pacific has many resources. Now that he’s a senior, Tyler wishes he had been more involved in school organizations and clubs throughout college. He had a great experience as a member of Pacific’s club soccer team during his freshman year, and he wishes he’d joined others. 

“Intramural sports were really fun. I did soccer, both indoor and outdoor,” he said. “I’d only know two or three people on the team, so I would leave with a lot of new friends.”

After graduating this spring, Tyler will take the year off to work and prepare for the LSAT. He plans to attend law school to become an intellectual property attorney. Tyler says he will cherish the friendships he’s formed and memories he’s made at Pacific and encourages new students to get outside their comfort zones and make their own memories.

Rapid fire questions

What’s your favorite restaurant in Stockton?

Luu’s Chicken Bowl and Midnight at Burnie’s Drive-Up

What’s the best place to study on campus?

The Library

What’s your favorite food on campus?

Chicken tenders and fries from The Lair

Who’s your favorite professor?

Dr. Luke Lee, Professor of Civil Engineering

What did you do for spring break?

Trip to Kauai!

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