SriSwomiyaa Ganeshaan, University at Albany - State University of New York, B.S. Computer Science

SriSwomiyaa-GaneshaanThe biggest task here in the US was and is creating my new reality. After putting a lot of thought, I narrowed my priorities towards wanting to pursue a program with a strong academic & research focus but at the same time was looking for a university that would also offer dance and art. In my freshmen year, I was able to perform well in my academic endeavors and was privileged to be invited to join the Honors College of the University of Albany. A bevy of people including, professors, deans, mentors, and academic advisors, have been a family away from family and encouraged me towards success.

One of the unique aspects of studying in the U.S. is the opportunity it offers to network with a diverse range of people. On the one hand, voluntary work and getting involved in campus activities, clubs, and honors society gave me an opportunity to network and try different experiences outside of my major. On the other hand, I also got to meet some incredible authors, CEOs of amazing startups, student leaders, and researchers working on life-changing projects.

Life on campus also offers ample opportunity to engage in social and cultural pursuits. From being invited to perform classical dance in our Performing Arts Center, to adding color to the campus Diwali celebrations with my dance performances and receiving a standing ovation from all the dignitaries in attendance was an incredible experience.

Overall, my one year at the University of Albany has been a humbling journey, filled with new experiences, learning opportunities, challenges, and successes. I have learnt that I can create my own reality through hard work and passion. My experiences have been my own mentor!


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