Growing up, whenever someone asked me, "What do you want to be when you grow up, Atmika?" my answer was always, "I don't know!" I never bothered rushing to find the answer to this question because I knew the right path would eventually find me. My favorite subject was math, but I also could never imagine a life without art. During high school, the only bridge between these two subjects that I was aware of was architecture, so I planned to take as many art and architecture classes as I could. At the time, engineering was not even in the picture -- I wanted to create and express myself, not crunch numbers for the rest of my life.
Junior year of high school was when I was slowly converted from being the "art kid" to a "science kid" after I decided to take AP Computer Science. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My eyes were opened to a completely new world of going beyond just using technology, to exploring what makes technology work. I realized exactly how much creativity went into developing all the games, programs, and tools we use on a daily basis and I was immediately drawn to the field of programming. In the end, I chose Electrical and Computer Engineering over Computer Science at Rutgers because I was looking to take more courses that were targeted to my field, so the School of Engineering's curriculum was the perfect fit for me.