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Suprina Pradhan

“I love the clubs that UMBC offers. I joined clubs that could never be offered in high school, especially cultural clubs. Also, I love the opportunities that UMBC gives, such as internship opportunities and career fairs.”

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Burtonsville, MD

Campus Activities:
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Nepali Student Association (NSA), Hindu Student Council (HSU), Volunteer for UMBC CAACURH Regional Leadership Conference.

Why did you chose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of the diversity on this campus, it taught me to make friends outside of my comfort zone regardless of what classes I took. Also, UMBC was really close to home, so never felt like I got homesick.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love the clubs that UMBC offers. I joined clubs that could never be offered in high school, especially cultural clubs. Also, I love the opportunities that UMBC gives, such as internship opportunities and career fairs.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Try and join as many clubs as you would like to be involved in. Come and check out the career fairs, regardless of the amount of experience that you have, they take newcomers into consideration. Also, get a chance to see UMBC’s Annual Cultural Showcase, it gives you a chance to experience the diversity and cultures that we showcase here on campus. Lastly, take advantage of the UMBC Transit, there are routes that take you to Arundel Mall, so if you ever want to enjoy the weekend off campus, you truly can.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC is CMPE 212: Principles of Digital Design with Professor Smith. This class really taught me the structures and basics of actually understanding and building circuits.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I took a job over the summer in the Information Technology & Communications (ITC) division at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I plan to get a Masters in Cybersecurity in the future, and hopefully get a job in Cybersecurity companies such as Homeland Security and National Security Agency (NSA).

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I know people get tired of eating college food all the time, but do get a chance to check out The Coffee Shop (a place on the first floor of the Administration Building), I just got introduced it to for the first time my sophomore year and I have exposed my friends to this place as well. Also, there are local bakeries, bubble tea shops and local restaurants near campus, the UMBC Transit has stops that take you right in front of those places.

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