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|John's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The learning atmosphere—unlike some other schools, there is no cutthroat competition between classmates, but instead, a sense of unity among the students
2) Faculty mentors—despite its size, Maryland ECE department are assigned to every student to help students beyond just the scope of class work; being able to build a faculty-student relationship as a freshman is definitely a plus
3) Great professors and TA's who are always there to help both in and outside of class
Advice to Incoming Students:
Keep your eyes and your mind open. Come to the university ready to discover things about you and the world around you that are beyond the scope of your academic interests. One of the great things about the University of Maryland is its great breadth and diversity in its student and faculty body. You'll meet all sorts of different peers and professors, and each will have unique experiences that you can learn from.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"As a prospective student, I felt that the size of Maryland's ECE department would provide me with a vast array of options in my studies. Since I didn't exactly know what I wanted to focus on, I wanted to be sure that I wouldn't be limited in my exposure to a variety of topics. The huge number of employment and internship opportunities in the College Park/D.C. area and Maryland's fun and active campus were also important considerations.
My interest in digital music technology and computers led me to pursue a B.S. degree in computer engineering. Ever since high school, I have been busy composing and producing music on my computer.
The ECE department's students and faculty come from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures and have a wide-ranging variety of interests. Any engineering student will tell you that this field of study isn't easy, but that didn't stop us from both having fun and staying successful. Many of the students in the ECE department are active around campus and involved in interests not related to engineering. Overall, the atmosphere was great.
The department is one of the best funded in the nation, and it shows in the number of undergraduate programs that students can take advantage of.
In addition, the engineering department at Maryland has ties to some of the largest engineering firms in the D.C. area, which pays off when hunting for internship and employment opportunities.
When I had free time as a student, I loved to write and produce music on my computer. I often went out with friends to eat at one of the many restaurants on Route 1 like Chipotle and Potbelly's, to name a couple. Also, with the College Park Metro easily accessible through the UM-Shuttle system, if I ever wanted to escape from College Park, I had all of D.C. to explore.
My early goal as a student was to be able to merge my interest in music technology with the knowledge I acquired in computer engineering. I hope that my efforts in digital music technology will help make the learning and distribution of music more accessible to people from all cultural and economic backgrounds."
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