Jyoti’s Transcontinental Journey to Find MIU’s Master’s in Software Development

 

By Christine Albers

Jyoti Raj Khatri comes from the eastern part of Nepal, and over the last ten years, he lived in Nepal, China, California, and now Fairfield, Iowa.  In this interview, we learn about his transcontinental journey that led to finding the Master’s in Software Development program, where he is gaining the knowledge to start a new career as a JavaScript web developer, and the industry in which he hopes to apply his expertise.

 

CA: You’ve lived in many different places, Jyoti. What and where did you study before you came to the Master’s in Software Development?

Jyoti:  I gained my Bachelor’s Degree in Science, with General Microbiology as my major, in Nepal. Then, with a government scholarship, I studied in China and received my Master’s in Social Medicine and Health Management. The university was in the southern part of China, Changsha City in Hunan province

 

CA: Did you need to be fluent in Mandarin in order to study in China? How was that for you?

Jyoti: During my first year of college, I had to learn Mandarin Chinese, and after one year of studying Mandarin, I was able to start my major. It’s very difficult to learn the Chinese language but all of our classes were part Chinese and part English, so I had to learn it. English was easier because we studied in English when I was growing up in Nepal.

Jyoti’s family at Dashain festival in Nepal

CA: Congratulations on mastering Mandarin! What was it like when you landed in the United States?

Jyoti: I arrived in Sacramento, California in August 2019. It was a great starting place for me as I have 3 sisters in Sacramento. I lived with my elder sister who is a nurse, another sister works at Wal-Mart and the other works in a nursing home.  We all lived close to each other and often gathered to celebrate our Nepali festivals, like Dashain and Tihar, which are the two biggest festivals in Nepal. Dashain is related to receiving blessings from our elders. Tihar is related to the festival of lights and also about brothers and sisters wishing each other prosperity. We also celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving.

 

CA: What kind of work were you looking for when you arrived in the US?

Jyoti: I was looking for a job in the health management sector, but I found that I needed a US degree.  I worked at a grocery store owned by my brother-in-law while I searched for a US university that offered a Master’s degree in the health field, but then I learned about MIU.

 

CA: How did you hear about MIU? And why did you decide on software development?

Jyoti:  My friends suggested getting into IT as it’s booming in the U.S. and my cousin told me about the Computer Professionals Master’s program (ComPro) at MIU. He graduated from ComPro in 2015 and has a good job, working and living in Texas. I didn’t have any background in computer science, so I couldn’t apply for ComPro, but when I heard about the Master’s in Software Development (MSD) program, which doesn’t require any background in computer science, I felt that was the best program for me.

 

CA: Why did you think software development was a good fit for you? How will you use it in the future?

Jyoti: I was already interested in the IT field when I was in China, but my subject wasn’t IT at the time. When I came to the U.S. I was glad to find a program that offered software development training.  Maybe in the future I can learn other languages, but I found that I love JavaScript Full Stack and it’s a good way to start my career. Because I have a background in public health management, maybe I can work in hospitals, in the medical system, with big data. That’s where I’ll look for jobs first.

 

CA: Is your Transcendental Meditation practice helping with your studies?

Jyoti: TM helps me stay calm and peaceful. I feel silence inside, so I’m not troubling myself because I have to work hard. Normally in college, we are always worried about what will happen if we don’t do well in our courses and if we won’t get results, and worrying just gets in the way. TM keeps me calm and efficient, and focused on my studies, without the stress.

“TM helps me stay calm and peaceful. I feel silence inside, so I’m not troubling myself because I have to work hard. TM keeps me calm and efficient, and focused on my studies, without the stress.”

 

CA: Will it be easy to continue your TM practice when you start your new career?

Jyoti: Yes, because it’s easy, and you can do it anytime, anywhere. You can relax and don’t need anything special. Just take the 20 minutes.

 

CA: How are the MSD faculty?

Jyoti: I respect the faculty because we are students who started the program without knowing anything about IT, and they have to make us knowledgeable. We are starting from nothing and working hard, but there are challenges because we are so new to everything. The professors have to catch up with us and we have to catch up with them. The faculty have to understand us before they can teach us. They have to work harder than us, and we appreciate all that they are doing.

 

CA: What do you like best about MIU’s system of education?

Jyoti: Here at MIU we start with the basics, and with the block system we learn a whole subject in one month. That helps very much because when you focus on one subject at a time, you grasp that knowledge and it helps you with the next course.  It’s a great way to help you learn.

 

CA: What would you tell a friend if they wanted to apply for the MSD program?

Jyoti: I would tell them, you have to work hard, it doesn’t depend on the university, it depends on you. If you don’t focus and do your homework properly it will be hard. But if you do a good job during this time, then this is a platform for you to have a good future, and this whole life is yours.

 

 

Jyoti is currently a full-time student in the Master’s of Software Development program and will graduate in August 2021. We wish him all success in finding a great job as a software developer in his field of health management.

 

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any Bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

 

 

 

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An Education That Gives Students A New Chance in Life – Ryan’s Story

FROM TOXICOLOGY TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Ryan Lindsey grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana, and studied Toxicology at the University of Louisiana. He’s currently a student in MIU’s Master’s in Software Development program (MSD). It may seem like a huge jump from toxicology to software development, so let’s learn more about Ryan and his journey, and why he feels this education can give students from around the world a new chance in life.

CA: Tell us a little about your background, Ryan.

Ryan: When I graduated with my Bachelors in Toxicology, I didn’t know what to do with my degree. Toxicology is a cross between biology and chemistry, and I would need to go to graduate school and specialize in order to advance in my field. So, I decided to take some time to do some soul searching and part of that process led me to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, and that led me to find out about the Master’s in Software Development (MSD) program.

CA: What specifically influenced your decision to apply to MSD?

Ryan: We’re in a big tech era, where software development and IT technology are exploding. I started messing around with coding for about 6 months and it clicked for me. Once I knew how much I loved coding, I started looking for the best education I could find in software development, but my options were limited because I didn’t have a background in computer science.  When I heard about MSD and that they accept a Bachelor’s degree in any subject, and don’t require a background in computer science, I jumped on it. I was especially happy to find a university where everyone practices TM.

CA: Is your TM practice helping with your studies?

Ryan: With my regular TM, it doesn’t feel like work, even if I’m working and studying day in and day out. TM is the key to my ability to do this rigorous program and succeed. I can’t manage the workload if my mind isn’t clear and if I’m unable to manage the schedule. There are days when I spend 10 or 11 hours on the computer. For a lot of people that would be unimaginable, but when you have clarity of mind you can go as far as you want but never lose track of yourself.

CA: What are your ultimate goals? What do you hope to achieve from this program?

Ryan: Actually, I have three goals.

The things we do day in and day out have a huge impact on our health and mental space.  I want to be in a place where I can wake up each day and not dread what’s coming – to greet each day with an attitude of enjoyment. When I am working with computers I can go home at the end of the day and feel perfectly fine. So, my first goal is to improve my quality of life.

My second goal is to be financially secure, in a place where I can thrive and prosper, and not worry about paying bills or having enough food to eat.

My third goal is to have a new chance in life. MIU is a unique experience because we are cultivated on a holistic level rather than a purely intellectual level. If we allow that to happen it can change our life. A lot of people are solely focused on getting good grades but aren’t setting themselves up to succeed in all areas of their lives. We can get good grades and that’s fine, but this education is structured in a way that we can see inside and explore more of ourselves and discover what great human beings we are. We miss out on that if we only focus on surface success. By exploring the inner self, we see more deeply into the subject, which will make us more successful in our lives and in the workplace.

CA: That’s a beautiful understanding of the education at MIU, Ryan. How do you feel the faculty contribute to the scope of education?

Ryan: All of our faculty are interested and invested in how we are doing in the program. They look out for each of us on a personal level and challenge us intellectually. They make us think. Some students think MIU will be less challenging than other universities, but the academic program is just as challenging here as it would be at any top university.

CA: How do you feel about the unique structure of the MSD program?

Ryan: The great thing about MIU is the block system. I’ve never seen anything like it before. We focus on one subject for an entire month and spend 6 days a week on that subject. The class lectures are more conversational and we can go deeper into the fine details of the subjects we are learning. It makes for deeper understanding and we learn more than we would if we only spent 50 minutes twice a week in a class.

I like that the courses constantly build on top of each other so we never lose what we are learning. By the time we come out of the program, we use every bit of knowledge that we learned in our classes. MIU really nailed this, it’s such a huge advantage in learning. Exposure and constantly using the knowledge through class projects also solidifies it in our minds. It’s not memorizing, it’s studying in order to use these tools.

CA: If a friend asks if they should apply to the MSD program what would you recommend?

Ryan: I would tell them it’s intense. Be sure to know what you’re getting into and what you want. This isn’t going to college just for another degree; you come for a career-focused degree in software development.

I would also tell him or her that if you come here to get your master’s degree, be sure to learn TM. It’s not a religious thing or even a lifestyle. It will help you so much during the whole MSD program if you can touch base with yourself, and that silence inside. Then your learning will take you to more than just a nice job, it will take you to a beautiful life.

 

Ryan is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Software Development program and will begin applying for JavaScript web developer positions when his courses finish in August 2021. We wish him the best of luck and promise to keep you posted about his next adventure in the world of IT!

The Master’s in Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

This article was written by Christine Albers, Freelance Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selamawit Develops Confidence at MIU

Selamawit Shibru had an interesting journey from Jimma, Ethiopia to Atlanta, Georgia, and then on to Fairfield, Iowa to attend the Master’s in Software Development (MSD) program. Let’s hear why she chose MSD instead of a boot camp and how she grew in confidence while studying at MIU.

CA: Can you tell us a bit about your background, Selamawit?

Selamawit: I grew up in Jimma, Ethiopia, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  I came to the USA in 2018 and landed in Atlanta, Georgia where I attended an Ethiopian community meeting to help professionals find jobs. They presented MIU and boot camps as good opportunities. Since I had some background in C++ and IT, the idea of training as a JavaScript developer was appealing.

CA: Why did you choose MSD instead of a boot camp?

Selamawit: The one-year Master’s program at MIU looked rigorous, but it wasn’t as intense as the boot camps. MIU’s financial aid package was better than boot camps because I wouldn’t have to work to support myself while going to school, and the Tuition Refund Guarantee gave me a feeling of security. Also, while living in the Ethiopian community in Atlanta, we only interacted with each other, so I liked that MIU was multi-cultural.

CA: How did you enjoy the culture at MIU and the Master’s program?

Selamawit: In Ethiopia, I came from a culture where women in my generation could be shy to speak up and ask questions.  As a result, when I arrived in the USA, I was afraid to talk to people. However, my professors and classmates at MIU were very friendly and helpful. We had lots of discussions in class, where I was encouraged to speak up and ask questions. And we worked together in teams on projects, which made it easier to learn. I made lasting friendships with people from many countries and cultures and improved my communication skills during that time.

CA: How do you feel now that you’ve graduated?

Selamawit: I’m happy because I worked hard and completed the course, got my Master’s Degree, and grew a lot from my interactions with everyone at MIU. I developed my self-esteem and confidence and now I feel that I have everything I need for my new career.

 

Selamawit is currently working as a Front-End Software Developer for Code the Dream in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

This article was written by Christine Albers, Freelance Writer

 

From Farming to Software Development – Kasahun’s Story

EVERYTHING KASAHUN LOVES BEST ABOUT MSD

Kasahun Tehone grew up in a farming culture in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. His dad was a farmer and he and his 4 brothers and sisters all helped on the farm while they were growing up. And here he is in America, pursuing a Master’s degree in Software Development. Let’s hear his story and how he came to study at MIU.

CA: Kasahun, I understand your father was a farmer. What else can you tell us about your parents?

Kasahun: My father was a soldier and he was permanently injured while protecting his country. He went through many struggles but still sent all 8 kids to college and made sure we were cared for, had good attitudes, and became professionals. Both my father and mother taught me to stay strong in times of challenges and motivated me to be a good person and a patriot, and to achieve my dream of a successful career.

CA: How did you hear about MIU?

Kasahun: I heard of MIU while I was an undergrad student at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University in Ethiopia, where I studied Computer Science. MIU is famous in the IT sector in Ethiopia, so I knew that it was the place for me.

CA: Why did you choose the MSD program?

Kasahun: I had three reasons for choosing MSD: 1) the high market demand for JavaScript web developers, 2) the MSD courses are well-organized for targeting the market, and 3) with the tuition refund guarantee I don’t have to worry about what might happen if, for some reason, I can’t find a job within a year of graduating.

CA: Are you concerned about getting a job?

Kasahun: Not really. We are in contact with the recent graduates who are getting good jobs in big corporations, so I am confident, but it’s nice to have that security. It’s a big change to live in a different country, so having the guarantee made it easier to commit to the program.

CA: How do you like the campus?

Kasahun: What I like is the environment, because it’s a green and peaceful area with a diverse community. I like that we don’t have to worry about paying rent or cooking meals, so we can focus on our classes. It’s important that the campus is COVID-free. We are careful to wear masks on campus and in the classroom, and we were all tested when we arrived.

CA: How are your classes?

Kasahun: I like the modular system of offering one subject at a time. It’s better than taking many subjects at the same time because we can go deeper into each part and digest that knowledge, and then progress to the next course.

CA: How is the Transcendental Meditation program working for you?

Kasahun: TM was a new thing for me but I discovered it is valuable for learning. Morning meditation gives me the energy to follow attentively in class, then the afternoon meditation clears up any tiredness in my body and mind and helps me stay alert and focused on my studies at night.

CA: What inspires you most about MIU?

Kasahun: As one who came from a different culture and background, I was happy to find that MIU is a place where you can shape yourself socially, academically, and spiritually while working to accomplish your dream.

CA: Would you recommend this program to your friends?

Kasahun: It’s a great program for anyone who wants to study coding. And for anyone with a professional background who is working an hourly, low-paid job I would tell them they have the potential to change their lives rather than spending it in the same cycle. They should take a chance – come to MIU and create a better future.

Kasahun is currently enrolled in the Masters of Software Development program and will begin applying for JavaScript web developer positions when his courses finish in August 2021. We wish him the best of luck and success in his future career in software development.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. \Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

 

This article was written by Christine Albers, Freelance Writer

 

How MSD Student Bipin Regmi Found Happiness at MIU

Meet Bipin Regmi, who hails from the spiritual country of Nepal but never found inner happiness until he was 30 years old and everything came together at MIU.

What was it like, growing up in Nepal?

I’m from a small town called Butwal, Nepal where spirituality is central to our culture.  My entire family is spiritual and my grandfather used to do blessings for people in their homes.

Did your family encourage you to be more of a spiritual person?

I am a person who needs to get the feeling for myself instead of from other people, so I wasn’t drawn to my family’s spirituality while growing up. My parents were wise enough to let me find my own path.

Where did you go to college?

My higher education was in India where I studied finance and accounting, similar to a U.S. CPA. Although I was smart in high school in Nepal, I had to work very hard while in college in India, and by the tim

e I graduated in 2013 I was tired and unhappy. I took some accounting jobs and I was a college professor for a year, but I still wasn’t happy, so I thought I should travel and see the world and learn more about myself.

Like Nepal, India is also known for its spiritual culture. Did you gain any insight into finding happiness while you were there?

Actually, when I was in India, I realized I was exerting myself and getting nowhere, so I thought I would try meditation. I took a 10-day Vipassana class but when I left India and traveled, I lost the momentum and the practice was lost.

 What did you learn from your travels?

I was like the alchemist, always traveling and searching and never finding happiness. I was stressed out and still pushing myself too hard, and only sleeping 5 to 6 hours. I never found the happiness I was looking for.

 How did you hear about MIU?

While working in Seattle I came to know a group of people who had all graduated from MIU. They had good jobs and families and they were happy, so I wanted to be like them. One of those was Ashim Ghimire who recently graduated from the Master’s of Software Development (MSD) program. He was also from Nepal and I became friends with Ashim and his whole family.

What was it about Ashim and his family that impressed you?

Ashim’s father had been practicing the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for 17 years and met Maharishi in Katmandu. He said that he had practiced many other meditations before learning TM. TM worked best for him, and he never missed practicing it every day. He really sparked my interest in learning this meditation.

What motivated you to enroll in the Masters in Software Development program?

I wanted to get into software development but I didn’t have a computer background, so I was looking for a school or program to develop those skills. Ashim’s brother graduated from ComPro in 2008 and highly recommended MIU, but I couldn’t apply for ComPro because they require a computer science background.  Then Ashim told me about the MSD program, which was relatively new and accepted Permanent U.S. Residents*.  When I heard you didn’t need a computer background I thought it would be a great program for me. I was also intrigued because all the students meditate. As the old saying goes, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

“Here at MIU, I learned that happiness comes from the inside, not from traveling around the world looking for something outside.”

What was it like for you when you arrived at MIU?

I was so excited to learn TM when I arrived at MIU and when I finally learned, all of a sudden everything got connected. I realized how one step leads to the next and I started feeling more contented. Here at MIU, I learned that happiness comes from the inside, not from traveling around the world looking for something outside. Ironically, 2020 was the best year for me. I felt like I found myself. I wanted to be a vegetarian but could never do it until now. I’m sleeping well for the first time in a long time, and I’m focusing on myself and my meditation practice while getting a great education. And I’m happy.

What is most inspiring about MIU in general? Anything that stands out?

For me, it’s the environment, meditation, and healthy food. The meditation and the environment helped me put good habits into place and each new good habit helped me step into the next good habit.

Based on your experience, do you recommend this program for other aspiring software developers?

During my 30 years of life, I was never satisfied, and I was always looking for more. When I arrived at MIU in 2020 I started working on myself, exercising, being vegetarian, getting more rest, and having a healthier lifestyle. At MIU it is about more than the degree, it’s about finding yourself. So, anyone who comes here will not only gain strong software development skills, but they will become stronger and happier human beings.

Any final comments about your time at MIU?

We learned the 16 laws of nature and applied them to our studies. I especially like the saying “Outer depends on the inner,” which means that everything depends on your perception, which depends on your physiology. So, it’s all about developing yourself from the inside, then you are happier and able to appreciate life. That’s such a great thing about the education here.

“At MIU it is about more than the degree, it’s about finding yourself. So, anyone who comes here will not only gain strong software development skills, but they will become stronger and happier human beings.”

Bipin is currently enrolled in the Masters of Software Development program and will begin applying for JavaScript web developer positions when his courses finish in August 2021. We wish him the best of luck and promise to keep you posted about his next adventure in the world of IT!

* The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

This article was written by Christine Albers, Professional Writer.

6 Reasons Why MIU’s Master’s in Software Development Is a Life-Changing Experience

Career Training and Personal Development go Hand in Hand

By Christine Albers

When Mohamed “Moe” Hassan emigrated to the United States from Sudan in 2016, with a degree in architecture and his green card, he naturally began searching for a position in his field. But the only work he could find was in customer service for the airline industry, where he pieced together several part-time jobs just to pay the rent.

Mohamed Hassan, M.S.D., Coralville, Iowa

A Sudanese friend suggested that Hassan apply for the Master’s in Software Development (M.S.D.) program at Maharishi International University (MIU). His first reaction was, “Me, study IT? I’ve worked with software programs in architectural design, but I don’t have experience in software development.”

But his friend, who was a graduate of MIU’s Computer Science program, insisted: “Stop everything, take this chance, and go. This is your time to start a new life. And don’t laugh at the meditation—you’re going to need it.”

MIU’s unique Master’s in Software Development program does not require a computer science background and accepts US equivalent bachelor’s degrees in any subject. It trains students to become Full Stack JavaScript web developers while they further their personal growth with the Transcendental Meditation technique.

With 12 to 18 months of on-campus or online coursework, M.S.D. graduates are equipped with the skills most in demand for the software development job market.

Interested in exploring a new career in software development? MIU is accepting applications for the August 2021 entry.

Here are the top six reasons why MIU’s M.S.D. graduates feel the program gives them the tools for success.

1. Prepares Students for Top Positions in Just a Year

Hassan enrolled in MIU’s Master’s in Software Development in August 2019 and never looked back. “I knew if I didn’t do something, I would be stuck in that life of working 14 to 17 hours a day, 7 days a week, and trying to support a family,” he said.

Haile Tesfu M.S.D., Seattle, Washington

One year later, he completed MIU’s comprehensive graduate program for professional and personal development and landed a position as a JavaScript software developer at Leepfrog Technologies in Coralville, Iowa.

Haile Tesfu, M.S.D., worked as a civil engineer in Eritrea before he came to the United States and joined MIU’s software development program. Now he is working as a code analyst for Infosys in Seattle, Washington. “We are using Angular Development at Infosys, and it was easier for me because I had already learned everything about it at MIU,” he said.

Tesfu and Hassan are just two of the program’s first-year graduates who have accepted jobs at leading companies—including Google, Citibank, USAA, Hays Companies, Boeing, and others—with an average starting pay of $95,000 (ranging from $75,000 to $130,000). Within a few months of completing the program, 60 percent of the students have accepted offers—and they are thrilled they are finding jobs so quickly.

First-year graduates have accepted jobs at leading companies—including Google, Citibank, USAA, Hays Companies, Boeing, and others—with an average starting pay of $95,000 (ranging from $75,000 to $130,000).

 

2. The Latest in Software Training from Industry-Experienced Faculty

Ashim Ghimire, M.S.D., Seattle, Washington

Ashim Ghimire, M.S.D., Seattle, Washington

“It’s the faculty who make it work,” said Ashim Ghimire, M.S.D., who is originally from Nepal and earned his undergraduate economics degree at South Dakota University. “We are all from different backgrounds—and no one has been in Computer Science before—but in a span of 10 months, we are confident we can do the job, and that shows a lot.”

As a result, “I discovered that I love JavaScript,” Ghimire said. “You don’t learn it and know it and that’s it; you have to continue using it and learning new things.” He’ll be doing so in Seattle, where he returned to be with his family after completing the master’s program.

Students appreciate the industry expertise and international experience of the M.S.D. faculty as well as their dynamic delivery of the course material, which makes the courses exciting and enjoyable. The professors in software development have experience at many top companies, such as Google, e-Trade, Honeywell, AT&T, and Wells Fargo, as well as with governments around the world. They are familiar with the latest technologies needed to succeed in the IT industry.

Shawn Daudi, M.S.D., Fairfield, Iowa

Shawn Daudi, M.S.D.

“Teaching computer science is an art,” said Shawn Daudi, M.S.D., who is from Los Angeles and joined the program with a B.A. in Business from MIU. “There’s a gray area between teaching computer science and making it so we can understand. You can be the most expert developer in the world but not know how to teach. But the faculty did an incredible job because they understand the art of teaching this subject.”

Shawn is working in MIU Admissions while pursuing a position in web development. He learned how good MIU’s faculty and curriculum were from people in the field: “The nature of the computer industry is that there’s so much information that it’s impossible to know it all, so I talked to my friends who work in the industry. When they looked at the curriculum, they said, ‘You are way ahead with this.’ That was a big relief and boosted my confidence.”

 

3. Faster Learning and Reduced Stress with MIU’s Innovative Block System

So students can immerse themselves in a single topic at a time, MIU uses a modular block system of one class per month. Students can focus and learn quickly without the distraction of juggling four or five other courses simultaneously. They learn more with less stress.

“When I was in college studying civil engineering in Eritrea, I had to take 5 or 6 courses at a time,” said Tesfu. “It was stressful to try and remember everything, and tiring for my mind to constantly switch from one subject to another. But with the modular system, taking one course at a time, I didn’t have that stress. My mind stayed fresher, and it was easier to retain the knowledge. It’s the best way of learning.”

Michael Woldemedihin, M.S.D., Seattle, Washington

Michael Woldemedihin, M.S.D.

Michael Woldemedihin, who came to the M.S.D. program from Seattle, Washington, with a background in pharmaceuticals and information technology, also credits the modular system with helping him keep up with the pace.

“The Master’s in Software Development is a rigorous course, and we had to work hard. There was no time to slack off,” Woldemedihin said. “Taking one course at a time made it easier to stay focused. The daily assignments helped us integrate the knowledge in the evenings and stay on top of things.”

The block system helps students acquire the latest skills needed to succeed. “It’s a challenging program, but we have all the up-to-date knowledge,” he added. “I really think anyone who graduates with this degree can survive anything in the industry.” Woldemedihin is doing just that. He landed a position with Boeing in Seattle and is working for them from Fairfield during the pandemic.

“Taking one course at a time made it easier to stay focused… It’s a challenging program, but we have all the up-to-date knowledge.” —Michael Woldemedihin, M.S.D.

 

4. More Personal Growth and Deep Rest with the TM Technique

The foundational element of MIU’s Consciousness-Based education is the TM technique. Regular TM practice refreshes the mind and body, reduces stress, and increases intelligence and memory, making it far easier for students to absorb the knowledge from their courses and retain it. It’s also a tool they can take with them in their new career.

“Before MIU all I knew of meditation was from movies and TV shows,” said Hassan. “I learned Transcendental Meditation and didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, I have no idea how, but the meditation works. If I was tired or nervous or even panicking before exams, meditating for 20 minutes settled me down and helped me focus. I think TM will also help now that I’m moving to a new city to start a job and have to learn everything about the company and the environment.”

Michael Fitzgerald, Fairfield, Iowa

Michael Fitzgerald, Fairfield, Iowa

Michael Fitzgerald, from Crystal River, Florida, earned his B.A. in Mathematics at MIU before entering the M.S.D. program, so he was experienced with Consciousness-Based education. Still completing his M.S.D. coursework, he has already landed a position as IT Administrator for Maharishi School in Fairfield.

“MIU is the only university I know of that encourages its students to stay rested and have a healthy lifestyle,” Fitzgerald said. “For me, that’s as important as the knowledge. Many of my M.S.D. classmates didn’t think much of meditation before coming here, but they were impressed with the results from TM. They noticed they didn’t have as much stress and had greater clarity and focus in school after learning the TM technique, and it came as a surprise to them.”

Tesfu appreciates how it’s helping him in his new position at Infosys. “I love the meditation! It really works for me. It gives me energy and clears my mind, and it’s helping me with my new job. If I’m working and feel tired, I stop for my TM session and feel refreshed and ready to start again,” he said.

“I love the meditation! It really works for me. It gives me energy and clears my mind, and it’s helping me with my new job.”  — Haile Tesfu, M.S.D.

 

5. Career Strategy Workshops Help Students in Their Job Search

Once students finish their M.S.D. course work, they are ready to apply for industry positions. That’s where the program’s vital job coaching comes into play, with a two-week workshop plus continued coaching for one year or until they land a job.

Amelework (Amele) Cheklie, M.S.D., Seattle, Washington

Amelework (Amele) Cheklie, M.S.D.

 

Amele Cheklie was a well-known journalist for the Ethiopian News Agency before she immigrated to the United States and joined the M.S.D. program.

“The Career Strategy class was well-designed, and we learned so many techniques to help us find a job,” said Cheklie, who landed in Seattle and is interviewing there for many software developer positions.

“We improved our ability to promote ourselves by communicating professionally. Practicing with my team helped build my confidence in speaking about myself,” Amele said.

“We improved our ability to promote ourselves by communicating professionally. Practicing with my team helped build my confidence in speaking about myself,” —Amele Cheklie

 

Abel Nedi, M.S.D., Atlanta, Georgia

Abel Nedi, M.S.D.

 

“The job coaching program was very helpful,” says Abel Nedi of Atlanta, Georgia, who joined the M.S.D. program with a B.S. in Computer Science.

“I learned how to prepare a professional resume and how to communicate with recruiters and hiring companies. It was great to get my team’s feedback and see where I needed to improve. I definitely think this program helped me get my job,” said Nedi, who is working as a Java developer at Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s working remotely from Atlanta, Georgia until he can move to Charlotte when the pandemic ends.

“I definitely think this program (career coaching workshop) helped me get my job.” – Abel Nedi

 

6. Training for a Global Market with an International Community

The M.S.D. students in the first class of 2019 came from countries all over the world, representing multiple cultures, religions, educational backgrounds, and age groups. They were curious about learning the TM technique as an educational tool for personal development and committed to the challenge of mastering a new field of knowledge together. In the process, they were preparing for interacting with a global market.

“It’s beautiful to see many different cultures overlapping and co-existing,” said Fitzgerald. “Even students from countries with a conflict between them interact joyously and peacefully here. I’ve made lifelong friends from around the world and had unique and unforgettable experiences—like listening to a traditional Ethiopian singer while working on projects with Ethiopian students.”

For Fitzgerald, being on this journey with an international community was part of the M.S.D. program’s success. “We may have been from different countries, but we were all on the same trajectory, taking our classes together. There was a cool group feeling that we were in this together. The whole program and curriculum were laid out, so it was like riding a train—with the sense that the train would take us to totally new heights.”

“The whole program and curriculum were laid out, so it was like riding a train—with the sense that the train would take us to totally new heights.”
—Michael Fitzgerald, M.S.D.

Learn More about the Life-Changing M.S.D. Program

With their year of coursework completed, all the students agree that it has been a life-changing experience. They are proud of the time and effort devoted to their Master’s in Software Development and excited to start new lives and new careers.

And as Fitzgerald pointed out, “If the idea of self-development appeals to someone, they will gain so much more than they ever expected from this program.”

Note: If you’d like to embark on a career in software development, MIU is now accepting applications for our next entry.

Questions?  Contact an Admissions Consultant any time by calling or texting (800) 563-9673 or emailing:  msd@miu.edu

This article was reprinted from Enjoy TM News, © 2020 Maharishi Foundation USA, Inc.

 

Making the Right Decision Leads to a Master’s in Software Development

An Interview with Shawn Daudi, 2020 MIU Graduate

By Christine Albers

In 2014, Shawn Daudi had to decide between a first-class ticket home to Los Angeles or pursuing an education at MIU. Six years later, with a Master’s Degree in Software Development, Shawn knows he made the best decision in his life when he decided to take his education seriously and commit to some hard work. Let’s hear his story!

Christine (CA): How did you hear about MIU, Shawn?

Shawn: My sister, who teaches Transcendental Meditation, tried to convince me to go to MIU, but I wasn’t about to leave Los Angeles and go to the middle of nowhere. I was thinking, LA is where it’s at, but my mom said, “Just go try it out for 6 months and if you don’t like it, I’ll buy you a first-class ticket and you can come home.” So, I thought I would try it for 6 months and go back home. I didn’t think I would ever graduate from college.

When I got here, I was thinking, oh college life, I’ll just relax with my friends and have fun. But one day, after finishing my third year, I was sitting at Caribou Coffee and it hit me, “Am I actually going to get a Bachelor’s degree?” Something shifted inside me. I decided to take my senior year seriously and I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2017.

CA:   Why did you choose the Masters in Software Development?

Shawn: After I graduated with my BA in Business, I realized that being an executive or supervisor is not my thing. I had an interest in computers and thought I might prefer to be the person developing something on the floor. Ironically, after resisting coming to Fairfield, I didn’t want to leave, so when they launched the new Masters in Software Development program, I was all over it.

They say that all the information you need is on the internet, but some people do better in a classroom setting and I’m one of those people. I felt this program was a calling for me. Although I had no background in software development Luke (MSD Director) said I was the perfect candidate and it worked out perfectly.

CA: How did your family feel about the new program?

Shawn: My family was a huge help. Without them, I don’t know what I would have done. My sister introduced me to MIU, my mom encouraged me to go, and my dad was a disciplinarian so he pushed me. His attitude was to work hard and accomplish something. So, in my mind, if it was a challenge, I needed to go for it, and that came from him.

CA: What did you like best about the MSD program?

Shawn: I liked that it was difficult, challenging. I had lost sight of how to work hard for something, and I discovered the merit in finding yourself through hard work. My dad once told me that when someone earns something, and they know they’ve earned it, that’s the best possible feeling.   With the MSD program, I worked hard and felt I had earned my Master’s degree. It was by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire life, but it was worth every single minute. I didn’t think I would finish high school, let alone get a Bachelor’s Degree, so when I got my Master’s Degree it was emotional for me.

CA: Were you able to stay balanced during the 12 months of courses?

Shawn: At the beginning of the program I told myself I would stay up until 2 am every night and study, study, study. After 6 months I realized I needed sleep. Sleep for a programmer is like mental steroids. I learned very quickly to stop at 11 pm or midnight, get some sleep and start again the next morning. The meditation also helped me handle the stress and fatigue.

CA: How do you like the international setting at MIU?

Shawn: It’s great! Before I came to MIU I didn’t know anyone from Africa. Now I have so many Ethiopian friends.  I’ve eaten Ethiopian food; I know a few phrases of Ethiopian and I get along with them so well. It can be a bit scary at first because you don’t know exactly what their culture encompasses. But when you get to know them you realize you have a lot in common. My Ethiopian friends have such a sense of community amongst them and that’s the type of social life that I wish we had more of in the United States. We don’t have it on the level that they do. They are light years ahead of us in this way.

CA: How were the classes? Did you get the knowledge you need to go into the job market?

Shawn: When we finished the course, our professors said, “Now you know the basics and you’re good to go,” but I was nervous. The nature of the computer industry is that there’s so much information that it’s impossible to know it all.  So, I talked to my friends who work in the industry and when they looked at the curriculum they said, “You are way ahead of this.” That was a big relief and boosted my confidence.

CA:  How is the Career Development program working for you?

Shawn: I can’t believe how valuable it is, I didn’t know how great it was until I got into it. The director (Kay Hazen) is absolutely phenomenal. She is such a good coach. If I’m in a weird funk, she just outlines the next steps and I’m back on track.

CA: What do you think of the faculty?  

Shawn: The faculty members are incredible. I think that teaching computer science is an art. There’s a bit of a gray area between teaching and making it so we can understand. It’s hard to zero in on it and they did great because they understood the art of teaching the subject. You can be the most expert developer in the world but not know how to teach, and I made it difficult for them.  I was constantly asking questions and complaining that it was too hard but they put up with me and we’re all buddies.

CA: Would you recommend the MSD program to other students?

Shawn: I absolutely recommend this program. Whenever I have an opportunity to meet a potential student or candidate, I always tell them to check it out. Especially now with the 18-month standard program, it’s easier to learn everything at a comfortable pace. That was a great addition to the program.

For me, enrolling in the MSD program was the best decision I ever made in my life. I love the faculty, and even though it was challenging, I’m proud that I pushed through and got my Master’s in Software Development.

 

Shawn graduated from the Masters of Software Development program in August 2020 and is currently working as an Admissions Representative for Maharishi International University while pursuing a remote position as a JavaScript web developer. We wish him the best of luck!

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

 

 

 

 

 

A Masters in Software Development Program that Exceeds Expectations

An Interview with Michael Fitzgerald, MSD Student

“The culture at MIU is truly an internationally-diverse one. We hear about the need for people to come together and experience other cultures to broaden their perspective, but at MIU, it’s automatically the reality. And it’s just so beautiful to see many different cultures overlapping and co-existing. Even students from countries with a conflict between them interact joyously and peacefully here. It’s incredible and very uplifting.”

Michael Fitzgerald is finishing his course work for a Masters in Software Development degree at Maharishi International University (MIU) and will be seeking a job as a JavaScript web developer.  In this article, he shares his experience of the program and why he thinks it may exceed many students’ expectations.

Michael, how did you come to join the MSD program in 2019?

I graduated from MIU in 2016 with a Math degree and accepted a digital marketing position with a Fairfield company.   Two years later my friend Luke Hillis suggested I might like the new computer science program, which he was managing. I knew I needed more education if I wanted a career in computer science and it seemed like a good wave to catch and ride because the world of web development and JavaScript is exploding in demand.

How did your Math background prepare you for software development?

Most anything computer science-related has its basis in math, and ultimately, math is an exercise in spatial and logical thinking. So, the two disciplines go hand in hand.

What are your career goals?

If I find the right position on the entry-level, I hope to build a solid career with room to grow. I see lots of potential roles in the software development arena, such as Product Management, DevOps, etc. I’d also like to explore staying in Fairfield, using the education I get from the program, and building a software development firm here.

Why Fairfield?

The people here have qualities that you may not find in other places. The best way I can describe it is the ability to connect on deeper levels and a certain level of awareness that makes it a safe space to have a natural and effortless exchange of ideas. Maybe it’s due to going deeper inside during the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program and experiencing more inner happiness that makes people here so open and caring.

How has your TM program helped you during the course?

What suffers the most when you’re in school is having enough time in the day to fit everything in.  I have to choose how many hours I can sleep, how long to study and when to study, and when to stay up late.  I’d be worse off and further out of balance if I didn’t prioritize my meditation twice a day. If I only get 5 hours of sleep, I still make sure I fit my meditation in before the morning lectures so I feel rested and alert. It’s a technique for maintenance and I notice if I neglect that aspect.

The students on the MSD program represent 40 to 50 countries. What’s it like, being with so many international students?

It’s great. I’ve made lifelong friends from other countries and had unique and unforgettable experiences, like listening to a traditional Ethiopian singer while working on projects with Ethiopian students. We may be from many different countries, but we’re all on the same trajectory, taking our classes together, so there’s a cool group feeling that we’re in this together. The whole program and curriculum are laid out, so it’s like riding a train, and there’s this sense that the train will take you to totally new heights.

What do you think of the Faculty?

I’ve enjoyed connecting with the faculty; they are compassionate, helpful, and smart. We’ve come a long way when you consider it was the first year of this program and it doesn’t require previous coding experience. We had to trust that the faculty had done the best job of planning and organizing the course and we would be successful. Now that the 12 months are coming to an end, I realize how much I’ve learned.

How is MIU different from other universities?

MIU is the only university I know of that encourages its students to stay rested and have a healthy lifestyle. For me, that’s as important as knowledge. Many of my classmates noticed they didn’t have as much stress and had greater clarity and focus in school, and it came as a surprise to them. They didn’t think much of the meditation before coming here but they were impressed with the results.

Would you recommend this program and why?

The tech world has many different streams and careers which this program prepares us for, so even if someone has no experience in computer science but wants to learn software development, this is the best road to take. And if the idea of self-development appeals to someone, they will gain so much more than they ever expected from this program.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

Ashim Ghimire is Ready to Start a New Career

How Ashim Gained Confidence from the Master’s in Software Development Program

It’s a long way from Katmandu, Nepal to Fairfield, Iowa, but Ashim Ghimire knows exactly where he is going. As a Master’s in Software Development student at Maharishi International University (MIU), Ashim is confident he will garner a great job. In this interview, he shares the story of how he found MIU and his excitement about the future.

Ashim, how was your first experience in the USA?

I was 20 years old when I came to the USA to study Economics at South Dakota University, and, I have to say, it was hard.  Although many international students attended the university, I didn’t feel at home. MIU is different. We have students from almost 50 countries in our program, plus international students who have lived in Fairfield their whole life, and they always make me feel welcome. I never expected to find a place like this in the heart of Iowa! If I’d known about MIU I would have come here. MIU makes it easy to get an education and finance it without straining.

How did you learn about MIU?

I searched for an economics position after I graduated from South Dakota University, but ended up working as a Quality Analyst in Seattle. I met 15-20 MIU graduates at the company. They said it was a great program and they found good jobs when they finished. That was all I needed to hear! My brother-in-law also graduated from the ComPro program in 2008, and was very happy with his education.

Were you a computer buff?

I never had an interest in computers, but the Quality Analyst position was all computer-based and I discovered I liked computer work.  I didn’t have enough computer background to apply for ComPro, so I didn’t consider going to MIU. But then I was laid off from the QA job and wondering what do next.  My brother-in-law forwarded an email from MIU announcing a new Master’s in Software Development program.  The email said that the program did not require a computer programming background so I knew this was the next step for me.

How are the classes? Are you getting the knowledge you need to go out into the job market?

The classes are really good. The way of teaching, with the block system of studying one subject each month, is great.  Studying one thing at a time makes it easier to focus and learn because you don’t have to worry about any other subject.

How do you like the faculty?

The faculty is great. We are all from different backgrounds and no one has been in Computer Science before, but in a span of 10 months we are confident we can do the job and that shows a lot.  It’s because of the faculty. They have to teach people who have little or no computer experience and make them competent within 10 months, and it works.

JavaScript must have been brand new. Was it difficult to learn?

It was challenging, but not too hard, and I discovered that I love JavaScript. You don’t learn it and know it and that’s it; you have to continue using it and learning new things. Getting the degree is only the beginning. Whoever practices the most improves the most, and it’s an ongoing learning experience.

Are you noticing any benefits from the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation ™?

Before coming here, I didn’t think much of it, but after learning Transcendental Meditation ™ I could feel the difference. My mind used to wander everywhere when I tried to study, but since I learned the meditation I can concentrate on what I’m studying. I’ll definitely continue the meditation when I leave MIU – for the same reason – I don’t want to go back to how I was before I learned TM.

Would you recommend this program to other students?

I looked at many universities before I found MIU and I couldn’t even apply without a computer background. This is the first program I would recommend to anyone who has a strong interest in computers. I already recommended it to two friends who applied. The environment is friendly and helpful to students, and it’s a boon for international students because we feel at home.

So far, you’ve lived in Katmandu, Nepal; Vermillion, South Dakota; Seattle, Washington; and Fairfield, Iowa. Where are you headed next?

My parents, and my sister and her family are all living in Seattle now, so my wife and I look forward to going back there when I finish my courses.

What is the greatest thing you’ve gained from this program?

The best thing I’ve gained is the knowledge of computers and web development and the confidence that I have everything I need to get a good job.  I only have a few more weeks of school and I’m excited to start a new life and a new career!

 

Ashim is currently enrolled in the Masters of Software Development program and will begin applying for JavaScript web developer positions when his courses finish in August. We wish him the best of luck as he travels back to Seattle to be with his family and start a new career.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.

 

How an Architect from Sudan Came to Study Software Development at MIU

Interview: Mohamed Alfidil Hassan
By: Christine Albers

Meet Mohamed Hassan, a student in the Masters of Software Development program at Maharishi International University (MIU). Mohamed emigrated from Sudan in 2016, with green card in hand, to seek a better life and career opportunities. We borrowed some precious time to learn about Mohamed’s journey that led him to choose the Masters in Software Development program – and why he’s glad he did!

Mohamed, what was your driving force to come to the USA?

I’m from Sudan, where the government is not as stable as the U.S. Some parts of Sudan are still fighting so the stress level is high back home.  My goal was to gain higher education and a good career which would allow me to bring my family to the USA.

What was it like when you arrived in the USA for the first time?

I won’t say coming to the USA was a breeze. It’s not as easy as you think and you have to be prepared to work hard. My degree was in architecture, and I had my green card, so I searched for jobs in that area. However, the job search was difficult, maybe because I didn’t know how to write a resume that is accepted widely in the US, or I had a foreign education, or it was something beyond me. I realized I needed time to adapt and improve my language. Eventually, I landed a customer service position in the airline industry, where I worked 3 jobs and 14-17 hours a day to buy a car, pay for a place to live, and have a decent life.

How did you hear of Maharishi University (MIU)?

From the beginning, I wanted higher education, but I was working hard to support myself.  Every time I applied to a school they required TOEFL classes or English classes. U.S. schools are very expensive, so I decided to study English by myself at home. At some point, a friend in Iowa called to tell me about MIU and said, “You have to apply to this school. It’s a new thing – a one year program – and it’s going to be interesting. It’s a software development program which is IT.”  I said, “Me? Study IT? I’ve worked with software programs in architectural design, but I don’t have experience in software development.” He insisted, “They don’t require experience. Just try it. You have nothing to lose.”

I didn’t pay attention but he kept calling and saying you need to apply, and he was applying. Meanwhile, I researched IT and the job market and saw that this is the future. The market is fresh for IT with lots of job opportunities. I was opening up to the idea but terrified of borrowing the tuition money.

Coincidentally, I met a man from the Sudanese community.  Every time we met, he said, “You need to go to school. Don’t waste your time.”  I told him about this school in Iowa and he asked, “Do they do meditation? This is the same school I graduated from 10 years ago! I’m not going to say anything to you but this, ‘Stop everything and just go. This is your time. You should take this chance and go. And don’t laugh at the meditation; you’re going to need it.’”

I knew if I didn’t do something I would be stuck in that life, working 14 to 17 hours a day, 7 days a week, and trying to support a family.  “Okay,” I said, “I’ll apply but I might not pass the technical interview.” He said, “Just study and you can pass it. The interview only shows if you have a logical mind and the problem-solving skills needed in coding.” I decided to take the chance. Although I was working long hours every day and had no time to study, I crammed and pushed myself.  I have no idea how, but I passed the technical interview and gained acceptance for the program! It was my opportunity to start a new life.

How did you feel about leaving Virginia and coming to Iowa?

I lived in Virginia since I arrived in the USA and have friends and family there. Then, right before leaving I was promoted to a supervisor position at work, so it was a tough decision. I worked until the day I left for Iowa and had to move out of my house, sell my car, and my furniture. When I got to Iowa, I had to start everything over again from zero, no car, no income, and I was supporting myself with the money I had saved. The first bit of time was challenging, but I knew this was my only chance to create a better life.

As a former architect, how was the transition to software development?

Software development is nice, it’s interesting and beautiful, and I enjoy working with computers. The fun part is that it is challenging, and I love dedicating myself to something that stimulates me intellectually.

Do you feel you are getting the knowledge you need to land a good job?

Our professors are knowledgeable and current on everything, so we are getting all the learning we need that is up to date for the market. My teacher will say, “These updates on the programming and functionalities came out two days ago. This is the way to do it now.” So I feel confident I can find a good job and have the latest knowledge.

Has meditation helped with your studies?

Before MIU all I knew of meditation was from movies and TV shows. I learned Transcendental Meditation ™, and we had to take the Science and Technology of Consciousness course, which was new and different. It was fun and weird at the same time. But honestly, I have no idea how, but the meditation works. If I’m tired or nervous or even panicking before exams, it helps. Meditating for 15 or 20 minutes settles me down and helps me focus. I think it will help when I graduate, move to a new city to start a new job, and have to learn everything about a new company and environment.

Plus, everybody I’ve met from this community who meditates looks healthy and young. My landlord is 75 years old and looks great.  I asked how he looks so good and he said he’s been meditating for 30 years. I even told my mom about it. I hope that she and my dad can learn Transcendental Meditation ™ too.

What is the greatest benefit you’ve gained from this program?

I’ll say the knowledge, the opportunity to change my life and get a decent life in the U.S. – for me and the family I’m trying to establish. To study for one year and get an interesting and challenging job that starts at $65,000 (instead of $40,000), work 8 hours a day versus 17 hours, and have paid holidays and health insurance, that’s great!

What advice would you give to anyone applying for the Masters in Software Development program?

Well, this program isn’t just for international students, but there are a lot of us, and I know the problems they face when coming to the U.S. Like me, many students have to work 14 -17 hour days with minimum wages to support themselves, and they have college degrees. It’s natural to want a better life and MIU provides this chance. But they have to be willing to study hard, stay dedicated and focused, and they will be successful. And like my friend told me, “Don’t laugh at the meditation. It will help them in their studies.”

Mohamed graduated from the Masters of Software Development program in August 2020 and landed a position as a JavaScript software developer at Leepfrog Technologies in Coralville, Iowa.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12-month accelerated track or 18-month standard track training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any US equivalent bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.