Our guess is Altaf Taqi, a graduate student in the department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University. She is from Kuwait. In this podcast we explore topics like how to deal with homesickness, the process of the doctorate in ocean engineering, the fears that could stop you from taking on the adventure of studying an advance degree abroad and, of course being a woman in a male dominated field like ocean engineering.
Video courtesy of Mr. Kirk Martin, manager at the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Here are some of the questions that our special guess generously answered:
When I met you, you were commanding a crew of men, does it come easy to you to be a leader?
What motivated you to become an engineer?
When did you start thinking about studying abroad?
Were you afraid or faced other obstacles in the process of leaving your country to study abroad?
Have you felt homesick?
Who pays your expenses?
When you expect to graduate?
What are your plans afterwards?
What is your message to the undergraduate students that are considering studying an advanced degree abroad?
“being an engineer is a blessing”
“through coursework I learned I have a leader in me”
“I’m lucky to be an engineer”
“I do feel homesick”
“I would encourage undergraduates to take on any chance to pursuit higher studies abroad”
“it is not academic anymore, it is about learning about other cultures and countries and learning survival skills”
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This podcast was produced by Felipe Gonzalez in Costa Rica.
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