Lakshmi from India
Who are you?
"I am Lakshmi Rajeev Cheekati, and I come from Hyderabad, India. I did my Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Agartala, a serene city in the middle of the northeast Indian wilderness. I worked as a Network configurations manager for four years in Mumbai before I decided to pursue my Master’s in Lund. Besides work life, I love to hike and spend nights camping in the forest."
What is your experience of your studies at the programme?
"Having completed one year of my Master’s, I have enjoyed my programme more than I expected. As a working person, I was concerned about going back to the classroom. But the courses are very well structured and go hand in hand with the industry which made my learning experience more engaging. The professors are very interactive and always encourage me to express my views and ideas. The concept of study periods with two courses at a time allowed me to focus on specific topics and acquire in-depth knowledge, which is essential for a Master’s student. The campus has provided me with a vibrant international student community involving numerous activities and a platform for discussing diverse topics and ideas."
What career path are you aiming for after having graduated?
"I was previously part of a company that introduced 4G technology for the first time in India and had seen the impact of our work in transforming the lifestyle of people. After my Master’s, I wish to specialise in network architectures and to work in a company building future generation networks.
As Lund University is a part of the global network of research-intensive universities ‘Universitas 21’, I have been introduced to the importance of UN sustainable development goals and I also aim to explore the possibility of using my technical knowledge to aid them in the future."
Is there something you want to share with the students that are thinking of applying to this programme?
"Lund University is a fantastic place to get introduced to some of the pioneering research in the field of Wireless Communications. The PhD students are also very open to share their knowledge. I would suggest future students to make the most out of this opportunity and gain valuable knowledge apart from the course content. There are many projects going on, such as collaborations with leading companies. So, following them closely would help to further connect your Master’s studies with industrial applications."
You are a Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI Leader). What is that?
"As an SI Leader, I conduct out-of-class group study sessions for first-year Master’s students. My goal as an SI Leader is to ensure peer-to-peer interactions and establish a collaborative learning environment. I am also responsible for guiding students to unify ‘what to learn’ with ‘how to learn’ while sharing my experiences and strategies used for that course."
Information about working as an SI Leader
What do you like about Lund and the LU/LTH (The Faculty of Engineering)?
"Lund is a combination of medieval heritage and modern innovations. It is a unique experience to study the latest technology in one of the oldest towns of Scandinavia. With a lot of youth living in Lund, there are numerous activities to participate in and make a lot of friends. Winters can be grey and silent in Lund, but I was amazed to find an ice-skating rink in the city center arranged by the municipality for free use. Lund also has its unique student nations with a constant stream of activities for students."