Why did you decide to pursue higher education in the United States?
The decision to come to the U.S. was because I was working in a computational field, and I find the U.S. is at the forefront in my field; there’s some really cool research. That attracted me. I wanted to do something very state of the art and cutting edge. Carolina has a very strong history in its Department of Chemistry; there have been great scientists here.
How have you found community at Carolina?
There are a lot of international students here, and many are from India. I could find connections. In my department, when I came here, I have really enjoyed my time. We have to take a certain number of courses. I’ve found people I can really talk to and really discuss problems and have a chat. I really enjoyed my time right from the beginning.
How has being an international student enriched your pursuit of your Ph.D.?
It’s a learning process. We are learning the same thing in the classroom, after coming here, I came to learn a lot about friends who are from Mexico, from China, and elsewhere. I brushed up on my communication skills, presentation skills. I think that has really improved.
That exchange of information really helps, because maybe there is someone who comes from a different background or in a different lab. That has broadened a lot of what I used to think before I came here, and what I can actually pursue with my degree. Communication is among the most important skills someone can have in a professional life.