Most students go to college in hopes of gaining enough knowledge to become employable by the end of the four years. However, going to college is becoming so common that it’s not enough to just have a college degree. To set yourself apart from others, it’s helpful to take courses and get certifications outside of the school environment. As a rising junior at Cal State Long Beach, I’ve been struggling to find a way to set myself apart from my peers. When I came across the classes RMDS Lab offers, I finally felt that I was a competitive candidate when applying for internships and jobs. Not only did RMDS Lab provide me with more knowledge about data science, they also connected me with individuals of diverse backgrounds and fields of interests. RMDSlab has definitely given me the upper hand by providing me with the skills and network necessary to be successful in the workforce.