MEET THE STUDENTS
|Maria's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The wide range of classes and summer programs available
2) The opportunity to hold a teaching assistant position as an undergraduate
3) The many options open to students, and the feeling that one never feels tied down to a certain path
Advice to Incoming Students:
Do not be afraid to speak up even if your classmates already may seem to be leagues ahead of you. You'll find that if you work hard and are not shy about asking for help or expressing your opinions, you'll improve your skill level more quickly and accordingly become much more confident. Also, start befriending your professors as soon as possible—they are there to help you, so let them.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"As far back as I can remember, I'd do everything in my power to pry any gizmo open and see what was inside and figure out how it worked. However, I was never too good at reassembling my little projects. I guess you could call this engineering instinct.
As a prospective student, I liked Maryland because it offered such a wide range of opportunities. The scholarships are very generous as well.
The atmosphere at Maryland is relaxed yet competitive enough to drive you to do your best.
Since the department is so large, it might seem that it would be hard to become acquainted with professors; but from my experience I found that most professors, when approached, are available and willing to help you.
My peers were also great. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of personalities of the students in this department.
Since I've been at Maryland, I've done research in semiconductor technology, digital signal processing, and microelectronics. I especially enjoyed being an undergraduate teaching fellow. I loved being able to interact with other students and to try and help them appreciate engineering as much as I do. Even after five semesters of doing it, I still felt an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction at the end of the semester when a student let me know that I had been a great help—even if it was only one student. It was extremely rewarding.
Outside of school, I enjoyed doing anything and everything not engineering related—hanging out with friends, watching convoluted independent movies that I need explained to me, dancing, and most of all, kicking off my shoes, putting my feet up, and diving into a good book."
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