As a child, whenever LaMiah Tysinger was curious about something, her parents told her to go and learn about it. She was curious a lot. Naturally, Tysinger fell in love with learning. She inhaled all the new information and experiences possible from soccer, volleyball, track, the flute before dabbling in the performing arts. Then she started taking STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – classes in high school. 'I looked into engineering and it sparked my interest,' she says. 'I liked the creativity of the career and the different ways I could go with it.' FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER With Tysinger set on learning all she could about a potential STEM career, she joined the Abbott team as a high school STEM intern, focusing on engineering. In the years that followed, she completed three more Abbott internships, working in diagnostics, supply-chain management and quality assurance – all while earning her industrial engineering degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 'Opportunities matter, but they aren’t the only thing,' Tysinger says. 'If you have the opportunity, but no knowledge base, then you can’t take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.' For her, hard work, persistence, practice and a strong growth mentality are vital to seizing the possibilities in front of her. 'I've learned to take critiques and turn them into opportunities for improvements,' she says.