Tripat Kaur followed the Masters in Applied Computer Science in 2020. His interest in Computer Science goes back to his school days. Not only the theory classes were very interesting, he also enjoyed the practical assignments to the fullest. His first-ever programming language C++. was a thrill. He made his first program on the blue screen of Turbo to get a ‘Hello Tripat’ output on the black screen. Ever since programming has been his passion.
The MACS program started teaching from a very basic level. Even if one had no computer science background, it was not a problem because everything is taught from scratch, but the study load in the first year was very high. Tripat enjoyed Advanced Programming Concepts the most by far. It helped him improve his programming skills a lot. Tripat studied during the corona year and his first year was through remote teaching. It was very different from what he had imagined. Even though being in different countries, his fellow students made sure that he did not have to worry about the time differences. They always adjusted with him making it fun to work on team projects. Tripat is now a more confident person as his horizons have widened. Not only technically but even his soft skills have improved thanks to this program. Tripat says: Never be afraid to dream. Word hard and believe in yourself, things will fall into place. His ideal future is to be completely independent and settled not only in terms of finances but in terms of happiness and confidence. Also, being able to support his family the way they have till now.
Sofia Granda attended the Master in Biomedical Engineering in 2020-2021. She chose the program because she really liked mathematics, physics, and biology at high school and liked to be able to find practical solutions to problems. Sofia described the program in the following three words: Empathy, Logic and Medicine. Strengths of the program were the flexibility in the second year choosing the electives from a very wide offer. It included many practical sessions and visits to the hospital. But sometimes is was difficult to understand the global picture and the purpose of some contents of the program. There were some overlaps. Her favorite course was Health Information and Decision support systems. The collaboration with the other students from different cultures lead sometimes towards cumbersome communication but in the end, it was enriching. Sofia’s golden tip for future students is: Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid of following your goals, even when you get demotivated due to bad scores or difficulties with learning, especially with courses you don’t like but that are mandatory.
Sofia would like to end up applying her knowledge improving people’s lives or investigating in a job that fulfills her and that she is proud of.