Ankitpreet Chahal, an information technology major graduating in May 2021, shares about her experiences at Texas Tech and Rawls College.
Wherever life takes them after Rawls College — graduate studies or a new job — the spring class of 2021 reflects on the achievements made possible through a community that promotes academic success, encourages student involvement, and inspires excellence.
Ankitpreet Chahal, originally from Kilgore, Texas, will be graduating in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in information technology and a concentration in business analysis.
During her undergraduate career, Chahal strengthened her leadership skills through involvement in several student organizations. She served as president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), webmaster and scholarship committee chair for Mortar Board, academic committee member on the Rawls Dean's Student Council, team captain for Widening Horizons and as a member in Child's Rights on You and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Beyond her involvement in student organizations, Chahal participated in undergraduate research, assisting Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, Jacki Fitzpatrick, in her work on parasocial interactions. Additionally, Chahal interned with Ernst & Young (EY) through their financial services organization's business advisory program and consultant development program.
Why did you choose to major in information technology?
I chose to major in information technology during my senior year of high school when I discovered a love for data analytics. I was very intrigued by all the different ways one can manipulate and organize data. Picking IT as my major is probably the best decision I have made in my life so far because I love the work I do and the friends I have made in the major!
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
The educational accomplishment I am most proud of is being able to graduate with my bachelor's in three years with honors. Additionally, I am very thankful to have been inducted into Mortar Board as part of the .15% of seniors at Texas Tech. The credit for these accomplishments also goes out to my parents and my brother for always supporting me!
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
One of the biggest regrets I will have is not working with Dr. Eric Brown for a longer period of time because he has made the BIGGEST impact on me during my time at Rawls. In his position as the faculty advisor of AITP, I have been so lucky to form a great relationship with him. He has constantly encouraged me to aim for the sky and never stop my pursuit in doing so! A question of Dr. Brown - “How long till Ankit conquers the world?”- is something that keeps me going, especially when I get the tendency to procrastinate.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be getting a master's in business analytics at Duke University starting this July. Following my graduation from Duke, I will be joining EY as a Technology Consultant in the Financial Services Organization (FSO) in their Dallas office.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
The biggest piece of advice I can give, which may sound corny, is DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS! College and the workforce can be scary and confusing, but it is so important to try new things- whether it be joining an organization you do not know anyone in or applying to a job where you feel as if you may not be qualified enough- because you never know until you take the risk and try!
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
My absolute favorite thing about living in Lubbock is seeing friends constantly and literally doing anything with them! As graduation approaches, I am getting a bit nostalgic about leaving my friends and Lubbock behind. This town will always have a very special place in my heart as my BEST memories were created here.
Why do you love Rawls College?
I love Rawls for all it is! The college occupies us with the skills we will need for our jobs and constantly updates the material according to industry trends so that we are always up to date. Furthermore, I love the constant push for diversity and inclusion that Rawls promotes. I also love Rawls for Einstein Bagels.