#myRITstory- Yashowardhan Soni

Yashowardhan Soni is a second-year grad student in Computer Science. He moved to the United States in spring 2017 and just like many other students, he also faced difficulties in terms of adjusting in a totally different country and in academics. His dedication and hard work helped him to perform well and go beyond his own expectations and he ended up with 40% scholarship after the 1st semester at RIT. During his graduate studies, he worked as a grader for prof. Borrelli for foundations of computer science theory. Even after performing so well in grad school he was having trouble in finding a good co-op and internship because of the lack of professional experience which is a common problem with most graduate students. The frustration went even worse for Yashowardhan when he got rejected from one of the big companies in their final round of interviews. This had made him give up for around five to six months until got an internship offer from Matrixcare. Despite the lack of experience, the company was willing to bet on his skills.

Matrixcare was a game changer for him. He developed Alexa skill for healthcare software in a short duration. His work was praised by the entire company when he gave a demo of the software in company meetings. Meanwhile he also cleared an interview for a co-op at Amazon where he worked on languages and technologies that he had never used. He performed exceptionally well in implementing projects before the deadlines with technologies that he never used. This impressed the engineering team at Amazon and the result of his hard work was what a computer science grad student would want. He got hired for a full-time position at Amazon, San Francisco. This journey truly makes us believe that there are no secrets to success, it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

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