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Meet Wasif

When I was younger I went to school and tried searching for solutions to everything. Engineering is the study of solutions, so it was a good choice for me as a future career. I decided to attend college in the U.S. because I wanted to explore the other side of the world. I looked at some universities in Europe, but I was drawn to the U.S. and Canada. I decided on the U.S. because it’s one of the best countries in the world.

Wasif Swapnil

I chose UTA because I liked how diverse it is. There are people from all areas of the world: I feel like I’ve met everyone at this point! There are students here from countries I didn’t even know existed. If you’re looking for a diverse university, UTA is one of the best I’ve seen. When I walk on campus, it seems like every other face I see is from south Asia or speaks a language I understand. At first, being so far from home in a strange place is scary, but it helps to have people around who you have something in common with. It’s a great place to study.

At first, I was nervous to speak up in class, but it didn’t take me long to get past that, and since I didn’t have any university experience at home, my experience here seems very normal. I’m a regular student like everyone else.

One thing I really like about UTA is that it has the largest Bangladesh Student Organization in the United States. Since English isn’t my first language and it was my first time stepping away from family and taking care of myself, they really helped with my transition. There’s guidance available from people who share a similar background and who have been in the same situation and that made me feel comfortable.