Tell us a little bit about yourself I attended the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL (#GoKnights!). I...
2nd Year PhD Student
University of California San Diego
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia. I began exploring different career paths in high school. First, I wanted to be an architect so that I could build houses for my family. Then, I took a circuits course and found this subject more interesting and challenging so I decided to study electrical engineering in college. Since then, I expanded my knowledge into computer engineering and now I am studying computer science for my PhD.
My Grad School Experience
Why did you choose to go to Grad School?
I wanted to find what I am passionate about and graduate school seemed like the perfect way to explore that.
Do you ever feel discouraged? How do you get around that?
I’ve felt discouraged when I took challenging courses and I could not find a group that wanted to work with me. So I worked with students in the same predicament and found it uplifting to support people that wanted to support me back.
Who are some of your biggest cheerleaders?
The Mom, Dad, and sibling have always been my greatest support system. I could not have asked for a better one.
What has been the most useful life advice you have received?
My father told me that the decisions I make today will effect my future, so better make it count!
What’s next for you?
After I finish my PhD, I plan on becoming a professor.
What do you do to unwind?
I like to workout, eat different kinds of food, and connect with friends and family.
What do you want to say to up and coming Melanin Genius?
Don’t stop what your doing because it’s challenging, keep going because it will make you stronger.
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