Tell me about yourself
My name is Husna Siddiqui. I was born in Hyderabad, India. I’m currently pursuing a masters in Computer and Information Sciences with a concentration in Software Engineering. Right now, I work as a Software Engineer at Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company that powers social good. A few of my hobbies include cooking,eating, DIY home projects, taking walks and traveling. I love going on random adventures and being in the outdoors, but I also enjoy relaxing and binge watching Netflix. I absolutely love coffee and I obsessively watch Korean dramas.
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Computer Science game room. It’s the place that I go to when I want to meet up with friends, work on class projects or just relax and play some video games. The game room has a ton of amenities for students such as: a microwave, a refrigerator, video games and Netflix! It is a really cool space that strives to provide a fun and comfortable environment.
Why did you select UCSC- College of Charleston?
I have a passion for technology and to create a culture of collaboration and learning. I knew that I wanted to continue learning and to further my education so that I can be the best at what I do. My professor, Aspen Olmsted, pushed me and encouraged me to face new challenges and opened up the door to exciting opportunities by leading me towards our masters program. I chose the College of Charleston because I love the faculty and the students who are a part of the Computer Science department. The department has a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and friendship. I knew that I would be comfortable and happy here.
What does diversity mean to you?
To me diversity is acceptance. I believe that being surrounded by a diverse group of people from various racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds can help to nurture beautiful relationships. It will enable us to learn and grow together, and to accept and respect our differences. I feel that at the College of Charleston we are lacking in terms of racial and cultural diversity, however, we do a really great job with acceptance. In my experience here I have always been welcomed and encouraged by my peers and professors to be the best that I can be.
What advice would you give prospective graduate students?
Find something that you are truly passionate about. Be prepared and driven. It is not easy, but if it is something that you want, then it is totally worth it. Also, build strong relationships with the faulty and your peers. These relationships will be a crucial part of your success as a student.
For more information on our Master of Computer and Information Sciences Graduate Program: http://cofc.edu/academics/graduate-degree-progs/graduatedegreeslist/computerscience.php