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Lakshmi Khammammettu is a soft-spoken woman, but behind her quiet demeanor and petit stature, is a woman with big dreams. Lakshmi is from Hyderabad, India. She came to the United States, specifically to NMSU, in the fall of 2005 to pursue an advanced degree in computer science and engineering. She earned her undergraduate degree in her home country of India.
India is one of the oldest democracies in the world and home to almost a fourth of world’s population. India’s history and culture are rich, and its contributions to the world have been phenomenal. Among those contributions are the development of our present-day numbering system, influences in philosophy, science, and medicine. India is synonymous with mighty empires, great temples, trading, and sought after spices, gems, silks, textiles, and exotic birds.
Today, India is a diverse country, with the North and South sharing little in the way of food, architecture, music, dance, art, and cinema. In its history and culture, India is one of the richest countries in the world.
As a child from one of the most dominating countries in the world, Lakshmi came to the United States open to new experiences, new learning opportunities, and an attitude that even in difference there is room for traditional beliefs.
In addition to being a full-time student, Lakshmi works 20 hours a week as a graduate assistant in ICT Training Services. In the capacity of her job, she supports faculty and graduate students in the use of WebCT.
The transition from one culture to another, says Lakshmi, was a bit intimidating in the beginning, but she says it didn’t take her long to appreciate the differences. Building on a foundation far removed from Las Cruces, NM, Lakshmi is working hard to ensure that her future is bright in her home country of India.
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