Rachel Calvin is a MEng (Electrical Engineering) student who is working towards graduating in 2023.
Where did you do your undergraduate degree? And in what?
I completed my undergrad degree in India where my studies focused on computer software engineering and exploring different coding languages. I also investigated and developed database management systems.
Why did you choose to pursue studies at UBC Okanagan?
UBC’s world renowned excellence and student-centred learning drew my attention towards pursuing my Masters here. The best thing I like about the current course structure is the mix of theoretical and hands-on practical experience.
What areas are you most excited about (to study) in your MEng?
I’m excited about learning, and getting some practical working on Machine Learning and Deep & Reinforcement Learning.
You’re interested in the internship path of the MEng program. What type of internship are you hoping to land?
I am hoping to get an internship where the industry requires me to utilize the skills and knowledge I’ve gained in my undergrad and the courses I’m taking in my MEng.
What has the experience been like thus far?
UBC carries a good atmosphere in terms of learning and exploring opportunities. I’ve been able to meet new people and build a great network. My experience at UBC has been great so far.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Why is it important to you to be involved?
I’m currently involved in EGSS and like to work as team as much as possible to meet our goals and responsibility.
Can you talk about the importance of the EGSS to your experience at UBC Okanagan?
EGSS adds a great value to my experience at UBC as it provides an opportunity to work as a team in enhancing the experience of fellow graduate student in every way possible.
Can you describe your transition to living in Canada?
I started my MEng in the middle of a pandemic, so that was interesting in itself. In order to make it into Canada, I had to make stops in Germany, Egypt, and UAE, before finally arrive in Canada. It was a bit stressful, but did manage to check some items off my bucket list. This has been my first venture out to a different country for education, and it has been great so far. As an international student I get to learn about the culture here and meet new people from across the world. It has been an amazing experience.
Looking to the future, where do you see yourself? And what will you be doing?
I see myself being in the industrial sector,where ideas and innovations are being prioritized and to be a part of a place where I can grow and gain good skill and experience.
Best advice you have received so far at UBC?
To chase your dreams and keep working hard to achieve your goals.
Advise you’d give to a student considering UBC Okanagan for their graduate studies?
Its a great place to start Graduate studies here,keep yourself focused and keep learning more.