At UAT we try to have professionals from the industry come in to talk to the students when possible. It's a really cool opportunity to meet some of the people who have actually done all of the things that we one day hope to do ourselves. No matter what discipline they're in though, there remains a pretty consistent theme among all of the professionals: they went above and beyond what other students around them were accomplishing. To perfectly clear, this isn't about having a 4.0 GPA because some of them even admitted they were kind of middling students. A high GPA absolutely never hurts, but it's about much more than that. I'm talking about putting an epic amount of work into the things that you will eventually show off to your employers in your portfolio.