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|Tracy's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Faculty mentor program
2) Internship opportunities
3) Variety of options in the curriculum
Advice to Incoming Students:
Academically, you should try to interact on a more personal level with teachers to enrich your learning and make connections. Outside of academics, you should join activities and clubs until you find somewhere that you belong. Don't forget that you only have four years in college, which means that you should work hard and play hard.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"Before I really knew what engineering was, I was always interested in science in general. I've always been curious about how things work and why they work. Engineering and science in general offers these solutions.
I was first interested in Maryland because of its ranking as an engineering school and also the cheaper tuition for in-state students.
Students in the ECE department are very focused. They ask a lot of questions and have a real interest in the subject matter. The professors are passionate about the class material and really care about the students in their classes. As an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, I learned to communicate my knowledge to others, which I think is very important.
I appreciated the effort our department puts into making sure every student is personally helped. The faculty mentor program assigns each student a faculty mentor. Students meet with him or her to talk about future plans, interests, and how they are doing in classes. The faculty mentors offer useful advice and options, in many cases ideas that the students had not thought of. I also appreciated the TerpOnline system for engineers, which was very useful for finding internships.
The ECE Department helped me find my internship at the Naval Research Lab, which sparked my interest in working for the Department of Defense (DOD).
Outside the classroom, I was involved with the Maryland Gymkana troupe for two and a half years. Gymkana is an exhibitional gymnastics troupe that promotes substance free living. I was also the Public Relations officer for the Chinese Student Association and a member of the women's club volleyball team and TerpWushu (Chinese Kung Fu). Throughout the years I also played many intramural sports including volleyball, tennis, basketball, and soccer.
After graduating, I decided to pursue work designing tools for the DOD. I find DOD-related work to be especially rewarding.
Students should choose to come to Maryland if they want to be challenged and graduate with a sense of confidence and competency."
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