Aashish Ananthanarayan '21 Major: General Engineering - Computer Science firstname.lastname@example.org Organizations & Programs: Engineering Honors Program Awards & Distinctions: Physics 218 Undergraduate Teaching fellow My hometown is Mumbai, India and I moved to College Station only in August 2017. My decision to study at Texas A&M was rather impulsive and on the spur of the moment. However, it has turned out too be one of the best decisions I have taken so far. I always had an inclination to study in another country so that I could gain new experiences and witness a change in the way people think and go about their lives. I will be pursuing a bachelors degree in Computer Science. I have always been interested in the inner workings of computers and I love playing around with them, learning different programming languages, working on analytically solving problems, thinking algorithmically and so on. My main track of interest would be Artificial Intelligence. I would love to help build different types of AI based machines that would make our lives simpler. My life has changed a lot since I landed in the United States. Education here is very different from that in India. While education in India focuses more on theoretical stuff, education in the US is more application based. You are taught to apply the knowledge you gain in class in the outside world. This is the biggest change I have experienced academically. During my time at A&M so far, I have been able to develop working robots, write my first research paper, be part of an organization that helps publish research work, help fellow students develop their skills in physics by being a peer leader in recitations, attend career fairs and interact with professionals and so on. Academically, I have been better off here. My grades have improved and I enjoy every single day of my college life. I've had lots of fun so far and I hope I continue gaining new experiences along the way.