University is a place that helps you build upon the foundation skills that you acquire in your high school and transform the theoretical knowledge of a specific field into real-world application. This is the prime reason why you need to choose the right university and the suitable major/stream based on your interests. As a fresh secondary school graduate in Bahrain, I was in a dilemma whether to head to my home country India for further studies or to look abroad for universities. After careful and detailed discussions with my family and close friends, I finally chose HKUST to start a new chapter in my life. The next major decision that I was faced with regarding university studies was choosing which major I want to pursue.
In today’s world, the scope of engineering has expanded to such an extent that it affects every aspect of our lives. I had already made up my mind earlier that I would pursue engineering program in university, mainly because I was always into gadgets and technological inventions, but never thought about which major I would like to specialize in until I came to university. As confused as I was, this decision about major selection would have been very difficult elsewhere, but HKUST’s adaptable and flexible course structure eased the difficulty of my decision-making process. The flexible system at HKUST helped me gain a taste of all the major Engineering fields before I finally chose Computer Science as my major of interest.
Being part of the Engineering Student Ambassador (ESA) program brought me to meet other engineering students from various cultural backgrounds, all having the same thirst and hunger for knowledge about engineering in their minds. It also provided me a platform where I could guide incoming freshmen students in the School of Engineering and help them with various aspects of university life. I would like to thank the School of Engineering for accepting me into the ESA community, and I also look forward to welcoming more fresh secondary school graduates to the School of Engineering.