Juber is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Memphis. We asked Juber to share his story of studying abroad with us.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name? How old are you? Where do you come from?
I am Juber Rahman, I am 33 years old. I was born in a small village in the district of Sylhet, in Bangladesh.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
Currently, I have been studying at the University of Memphis, TN, USA for a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering since the fall of 2016. I passed my undergraduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
I am highly interested in Embedded System Research. Here, at The University of Memphis, I received a RA (Resident Advisor) offer from the Director of Embedded System Advanced Research and Prototyping Lab with the opportunity to work on an NSF-funded project. So, I decided to join it.
Did you find your study programme on Studyportals? If so, how then did Studyportals help you in your decision process?
StudyPortals helped me pick the best programmes in my discipline and also with a potential scholarship opportunity. It's really cool.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
The main challenges were to demonstrate my skills for high-level research.
Did you take a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) when applying for the programme? If yes, which one did you choose, why and how was your experience with it?
Yes, I took IELTS. Since IELTS is accepted in the U.S. and also in Commonwealth countries, I decided to go for it.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
Three things you like most about the university are first, the cosmopolitan environment, second, the urban campus and finally, the highly research-intensive curriculum.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
It would be better to receive funding directly from the department and free student accommodation for international students.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
I like the weather, because it is not very cold or too hot. Then, the quiet environment because it is like a rural area with all urban facilities. Finally, there is no traffic jam and there are low living costs.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
My biggest surprise was the high level of programming skills required for the research work.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)? Why?
I would rate my experience with an 8, because I had a really enjoyable and good experience.
What would be your advice for students from your country that consider studying abroad?
Learn programming, and try to publish your work.
What are your future plans after graduation?
I want to become a scientist.
Share your favourite spot, at the university and the city with us!
My favourite spot at the university is the EECE department and favourite spot in the city is Shelby Park.
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