UTRGV Profile in Excellence: Yannick Rajesh Kambrath
Name: Yannick Rajesh Kambrath
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Plaisir, France
I was in my first year of college in Versailles, France when I heard about the opportunity to come to UTRGV. The university had a strong chess team that I wanted to join so I could keep playing chess while studying. I also thought it would be a good chance for me to improve my English, discover a new culture and a new country. What made you decide on your current major?
I have always been interested by the way things work, especially computers. Our society is becoming more and more dependent on technology, so I think computer engineers will play an important role in the future for technological advances, which I wish to be part of.Another factor is that my father is managing a company that works firsth and with advanced technology,so that influenced my decision as well.
What do you like most about UTRGV?
The campus is very beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen. It is much larger than campuses in France. I like the style of the campus where buildings are built around nature. Having the Resaca in the middle of the campus makes UTRGV unique and aesthetically pleasing.
What are some of your favorite study spots on campus?
I study at the library, especially when I work with a group, but mostly at the dorms. I am more focused and more productive when I am isolated and in a quiet environment. I also recently discovered the futuristic looking Music, Science & Learning Center building where I find it enjoyable to study.
What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero and representing the color of my university is something I am proud of. It makes me belong to a community where youmeet very knowledgeable people with all different sorts of cultures. Everyone is helping each other become better and achieve their own goals which I believe is the Vaquero spirit! What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community? I started working last year as a chess tutor for UTRGV, thanks to my supervisor and chess coach, Bartek Macieja, who hired me. Being a tutor helped me gain more confidence, working experience and social interaction with people from the Valley. UTRGV introduced me to the professional world for the first time and being an international student, I got to learn the process of working in the United States,which might be useful in the future.
What are a few of your favorite books?
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” is one of my favorite books. It is a great read, taught me a lot about investing, life tips and inspired me to look more into finance and business.My second favorite is “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but of course the series itself is also great. It was a very entertaining book as a child and was one of the first books I read.
What’s in your playlist right now?
Since I arrived in Brownsville, my taste in music has expanded a lot with people around me, especially my girlfriend, who plays a copious amount of Spanish music from artists such as Rosalia and Juanes. Overall, I would say that although I do tend to find comfort in my French roots through artists such as Booba or Renaud, being in the Valley has certainly diversified my taste for music.