Joshua Turish

Joshua Turish

Joshua Turish

Computer Engineering / Gaithersburg, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I have heard many people praise the University of Maryland for its rigorous engineering program, and since I loved my engineering classes in middle and high school, it was the obvious choice to be my university.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am a computer engineering major because I love working with electronics and programming. I hope to work in a career that has me working hands-on with computer hardware, especially jobs that involve machine learning or artificial intelligence.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Last year while we were off-campus due to COVID, I used my free time during my spring semester to help my siblings with their schooling. My mother isn't savvy when it comes to our academics, so I helped her and my siblings by guiding their academics. It was difficult for my siblings to adapt to the change in their learning environment, so I'm glad that the COVID-19 lockdown prevented me from moving into UMD, because I was able to help my siblings. Luckily, schools are reopening, so while I move to UMD, I can be assured that they will have access to the necessary resources to support their academics and mental health.

However, I am now left with a good deal of free time outside of my classes, so I am looking forward to joining clubs or organizations to help use my free time wisely.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am not currently enrolled in a Living and Learning Program, but I am greatly enjoying my time in the Maryland Promise Program.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to create long lasting friends and professional connections.

What are your future goals after graduation?
My future goals after graduation are to be applying for jobs in the technology industry. It is everyone's dream to be working in a major tech company such as Amazon, Google, or Intel, but I would also be content with working with smaller companies that may not be based in Silicon Valley.

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