Hey! My name is Haya Qureini and I’m a senior pursuing a double degree in electrical & computer engineering and computer science. I’m an artist, a die-hard Kansas Citian, and I’m all about creativity and innovation. My dream is show everyone how art and engineering are beautifully immersed and intertwined in the world we live in.
When I first was exploring where to do my undergraduate program, I decided to attend UMKC because of its academic reputation, its location, and its close proximity to home. The degree program I’m studying is only available at 11 other universities, making SCE an exceptionally great school to pursue my passion for engineering.
I wanted to come to a school that would challenge me both inside and outside of the classroom while providing support to allow me to grow academically and personally. SCE simply provided that by having some of the leading professionals teaching the courses, the technology that is up to date with the industry, and the organizations that continuously provide leadership skills to students. I also wanted a school that would provide the opportunity for me to pursue not only my passion for engineering, but also my passion for art. Since UMKC provides so many degrees and SCE is flexible with courses, I’m able to pursue my double degree in engineering and a minor in art with complete ease.
Aside from how great the academic reputation is at SCE, I also chose UMKC for its location. It’s based in the best city in the Midwest! I feel like Kansas City is the perfect place for a student that wants to experience the college life to its fullest. There’s The Plaza, Westport, and Downtown, and they’re all relatively close to the school, opening opportunities for so many great events on a constant basis. I’m able to have a social life and go out with friends while maintaining my academic career, all at the same time. Not only that, but since UMKC is very close to home, I’m able to be with my family whenever I please.
During the past few years that I’ve been here, I have come to value UMKC more than I ever thought I would have. This school has met more than my expectations and I know that I made the right decision to attend UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering.