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While in my undergrad, I picked up some courses related to signals and systems, and signals in general, and those courses really got me into telecommunications, and then I worked for a big telecommunications multinational, which was based in Sweden. The University of Maryland offered me a good mix of managerial courses, as well as technical courses related to telecommunications. This was one of its kind program, all across the U.S.

Looking forward, I had better opportunities for working here and, as compared to other parts of the world. I really enjoyed the campus, and how green it is, as compared to where I've been to other parts in the United States. Also, being around so many other grad students from other parts of the world.

I'm currently part of UMD Yuva. UMD Yuva is the organization that helps the incoming grad students from different parts of the world, mostly Indian students, but we cater to all students and we help them with shuttles of the airport pickup shuttles from the airport to the campus. We also help them [inaudible 00:01:10] for the accommodations there for the initial period. We conduct certain events throughout the year for, mostly for Indian festivals like Diwali and Holy. We just try to make sure that they mix well with the crowd here, and have a like, really nice campus life.

I really enjoy the UMD football games, and I'm pretty regular to all the games there. I like the atmosphere there, it's really electric. Like, the, the crowd and the good thing that it's free for the grad students so.

Currently the telecommunications department is working on a 5G protocol enhancement project which is currently one it's kind across the world, and it's, it's, it's a nice research based project that I am like, looking to work for in future as well.

Later on I would like to go into the managerial field, but initially I would like to work on the existing technology there. My dream companies to save for, like are CISCO, Juniper Networks, VMware and Microsoft Google, like all the big tech giants.

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