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Student Profile: Rani Putri

Electrical Engineer | Indonesia | Age 20 | Senior

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and then my family moved to Sumatra where I lived for 16 years. I’ve also lived in Saudi Arabia, Houston and California. I came to UTSA as an international student because my friend suggested it.

What made you choose UTSA specifically?

I’d never heard of UTSA before, but my friend told me she went to UTSA and that she really liked it. I went to the UTSA website and saw how great the school was and after more research I found out that the engineering program was really good as well, so that’s why I came to UTSA.

Why did you want to be an engineer?

I took an electrical engineering class in Indonesia and I enjoy electrical things. I like all the resistors and stuff. Initially, I wanted to study psychology but my dad convinced me to do engineering.

What’s your favorite class?

I would say Lab One was my favorite class because I got to experience hands-on type of stuff. It didn’t involve a lot of calculations, there weren’t any integrals or derivatives. We built transformers, and I liked building the circuits and everything.

Other than engineering, what else do you do?

I play trumpet, guitar, piano and violin. I also started singing when I was a little girl. I got my first guitar in elementary school after I saw my friend with one and I thought it was cool. I am more or less self-taught with the guitar and piano, but learned the trumpet in marching band and I took lessons to learn how to play the violin.

Which is your favorite instrument?

The guitar is my favorite instrument. I just take my guitar with me everywhere.