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I love how many ideas this thread is pulling together! I totally agree about the need for students to get exposed to not only real world challenges, but the people out in the "real world" working in those spaces! Interestingly, I find so many of the technical "innovations" we're seeing right now as re-imaginings of what apprenticeship and good-quality mentorship used to deliver. Being exposed to real-world challenges is good, being presented media and content that presents positive examples to the students as part of that exposure is even better, but having a role-model take a personal interest in your development? How about that for the trifecta?