Pursuing a career in science, math or engineering is very challenging. There is, of course, the intellectual challenge involved with learning math, science and engineering, but there are other challenges as well. As a scientist, communication is very important. For example, I can make the most amazing scientific discovery, but it will never bear fruit unless I am able to communicate this discovery to other scientists through oral presentations and written publications. It is also very important to share our research with the public. Our work is, ultimately, a public service intended to improve education and quality of life for our society. My advice to a student interested in math, science or engineering is to focus your energy on learning to communicate well because it is a vital skill for success in this field.