OIE Student Stories

Shishir Bishwokarma

Meet Shishir

Hometown: Itahari, Nepal

Degree you are pursuing at UTA: Computer Science

UTA is a diverse community with students from all over the world, so everyone will find a sense of belonging here. It offers a wide variety of STEM and non-STEM majors, has experienced faculty members, a reasonable fee structure and good scholarships for international students. There are several departments like Global Engagement, the Office of Cultural Engagement & Social Change, and the Office of International Education which actively assist international students throughout their college life. Research opportunities, on campus jobs, and the Career Development Center are also available for professional growth of students. Professors and seniors are always ready to help, so do not hesitate to contact them when you need assistance.

My best advice for international students is to get out of your comfort zone, explore college and get involved. Join organizations and career-oriented events for networking and personal growth, but do not miss fun events like I-week, Global Grounds and the Oozeball Tournament for memories.

The highlight of my UTA experience so far has been working in a summer camp with 250 kids, where I shared my experience and taught about STEM. Along with that, in my freshman year I was part of Freshman Leaders on Campus. My team also won UTA’s best representation in the Deans Challenge 2019. I have also served as Vice-President and President of the Nepalese Students Association, and we do several events to help students and share Nepalese culture. We were able to pull off the first Digital Hackathon for Nepalese Students in the US last semester and Dr. Carter Tiernan, Associate Dean of College of Engineering, accepted my proposal to be one of the judges. To have her in the event was a big achievement for me.