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With a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell University and experience as a process engineer for Intel and Samsung, UHD student Tapas Nuwal is no stranger to hard work. His only dilemma has been deciding on an industry to apply that hard work.
"Math and science have always been easy for me, so I naturally fell into engineering as an undergraduate," he explains. "But once in the industry, I learned that it just wasn't for me."
He then began a master's degree in engineering management and completed half of the program before he realized that he needed a complete change. He took the LSAT, was accepted into law school at the University of Houston, and even moved onto campus before changing his mind once again. He has a passion for working with children and helping others, and today is excited about pursuing what he feels is his real calling - becoming a pediatrician.
Despite his technical background, he lacked the natural sciences courses needed to apply to medical school, which led him to UHD. Now, two years later with a 4.0 grade-point average in all his prerequisites, Tapas is studying for the MCAT while volunteering at the Texas Children's Hospital and thrilled about his future.
"UHD has been a perfect fit for me as I prepare for medical school," he says. "I've never been to a more welcoming school and I'd recommend it to anyone."
In addition to the strong Natural Sciences department, Nuwal had an added incentive to become a Gator - his father, Tara Nuwal, is a lecturer in Applied Administration at UHD.
"My parents are my motivation and the reason I'm where I am today," he says. "They've taught me to listen to my heart and take challenging paths, though they may not lead to immediate rewards."
On the brink of medical school and the chance to follow his true passion, those long-awaited rewards seem just around the corner.
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