Pooja Prabhu enrolled in the Master of Information Management (MIM) program in Fall 2011 as an international student from India. In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from D.J. Sanghvi College of Engineering in Mumbai, India.
Pooja speaks highly of both Maryland’s iSchool at Shady Grove and the MIM program. From the job experiences she has had at the Shady Grove campus, she’s learned much about team participation, taking initiative, making a difference, and above all, the desire to bring innovation into development of projects. Pooja remarked that the best part about the Shady Grove campus is how close-knit and accommodating the whole campus is – much more so than at College Park. She and her fellow students feel that they can approach their professors more easily, and walk-in right after finishing their classes.
Of her internship with Baker Hughes Incorporation, she says it “especially taught me how to manage and prioritize work, handling complex issues, gathering customer experience, exploring different domains and not being restricted to a single domain. This internship experience has played a huge role in shaping my career.”
Passionate about freestyle dancing, Pooja especially loves to teach young children how to express themselves through dance. Since coming to the US her latest hobby has been cooking because there is no one to help her with that chore. Pooja is also a badminton player, loves listening to songs, and of course, shopping like all the other girls do.