Mar 21

Global UGRAD Program – My UNH Experience

It’s been 7 months today since I arrived at UNH.  I’m from Honduras, and came here as part of the Global UGRAD Program. I got accepted at the UNH ECE Department for the Computer Engineering program. Universities in the U.S. are very different from those in other countries, so it took some time to get used to so many changes, both academically and socially.


One of the challenges I first came across was the numerous amount of students in each class. Fortunately, the professors and T.A.’s are very approachable and are more than willing to answer questions. Also, the university has a vast amount of resources available to students: 3 libraries, study sessions, and tutoring, to mention a few. The ECE Department itself has modern laboratories and equipment, computer clusters, and study lounges accessible for all students.
Internship opportunities are also available. I’m currently working on a small project to link the ECE website to their Facebook page. The IOL (Inter-Operability Lab) is also a great resource and provides the opportunity to test new networking technologies hands-on.

On the social context, the cultural barrier was barely present at all.  Doing community service at the Waysmeet Center and joining a club (MOSAICO – a Latin@ club) helped me meet new people. Living in a dorm was also a very important factor. It helped me learn to interact with other people, make new friends, and get to know more about the U.S. culture.



During the program I also did a lot of traveling.  I’ve visited Pennsylvania, Boston, New York, New Jersey, and, most recently, Washington, D.C., where I joined other UGRAD scholars for a workshop. It was very exciting to make more amazing friends, visit all the historical sites, and learning more about the nation’s history. My favorite site was the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C.



All in all, my year at UNH has been a life changing experience.   The number of memories I’ll be taking back home is unbelievable. I’m very pleased and eager to apply what I learned here in my home country. I really hope I’ll have another opportunity to continue my education here.

-Angelica M. Sanabria Reyes