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CM graduate Seshadri stresses family, workplace as reasons for success
Stephen Greenwell
Marissa Seshadri is a proud graduate of the Construction Management program of the Technology Division of the Cullen College of Engineering.
Marissa Seshadri is a proud graduate of the Construction Management program of the Technology Division of the Cullen College of Engineering.

When Marissa Seshadri was looking at ways to earn a master's degree, it was important for her that the school offered flexible learning programs. After all, she already had a full-time job. That is ultimately part of why the University of Houston was an appealing option for her, and she will now be receiving her M.S. in Construction Management this spring.

“I chose UH to pursue my Master's for a few reasons,” she said. “UH’s Construction Management program is ranked #3 in Texas. The online program option offers amazing flexibility for full-time working professionals such as myself, and the CM program maintains key relationships and industry partnerships with construction firms throughout the Houston area.”

She added, “I knew that by attending UH, I would be equipped with the right skills and connected to the right people to be competitive and successful in today's construction industry.”

Seshadri highlighted the support she had received from her friends and family, as well as her workplace, as reasons why she thrived in her academic career.

“My most significant academic influences would absolutely be my family — my husband, my mother, my sister and my late father,” she said. “They have always emphasized the importance of education and how it is the key to success. Everything I do is for them. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the encouragement and support I received from my mentors and team at Turner & Townsend as well. Their unwavering reassurance and belief in my potential kept me going.”

Thinking of her time at UH, Seshadri said that meeting Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the flagship UH campus, was something she would never forget and one of her most cherished memories.

“She is a such a kind and inspiring woman who has shattered barriers and led UH to become a top-tier institution in academics, research and athletics,” Seshadri said. “Participating in a President’s Roundtable was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’ll never forget, especially because Dr. Khator truly listened to our perspectives as students. I'd encourage any student — If you ever receive an email asking you to apply to be considered for a President's Roundtable, do it! You won't regret meeting her.”

Seshadri had three pieces of advice for students, regardless of their level, looking to maximize their UH experience.

“First, network relentlessly. Attend career fairs, join student organizations, connect with industry professionals. Relationships matter and now is the perfect time to start building those relationships.”

“Second, seek mentorships. Professors, advisors and alumni — they’re your allies. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance from those who are best equipped to help you.”

“Finally, you need to find a balance. Academics are important, but also learn when and how to prioritize self-care. Your mental health matters just as much as your grades. The years go by fast, so have a little fun!”

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