Carola Rojas

Carola Rojas

Carola Rojas

General Biology / Rockville, Md.

Why did I choose Maryland?
As a Maryland resident and Montgomery County student, UMD has always been one of the top universities I had in mind. Starting as early as fifth grade, the Montgomery County Public Schools has offered me multiple chances to explore the UMD campus. I think it got to a point where by my third year in high school, around college application season, I was looking forward to attending the UMD Fall open house and Information sessions. I had a good grasp of UMD's various aspects that appealed to me as a student but also financially. Another bonus would be UMD is in-state and allows me to remain near my family.

What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I plan to enter the pre-med path and become a pediatrician. It is actually quite interesting how I came about choosing this path. As the oldest of four sisters, I find it quite fun to interact in an environment with little kids. For almost five years, I had tutored and been active in a student service learning program in my local elementary school. Then, in high school, I found that I enjoyed taking STEM-related courses, especially biology and chemistry. Around 11th grade, I figured out that  if I became a pediatrician, I would be able to pursue a STEM-based career while working with children.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved in:
I am actively involved in tutoring at my local elementary school. It is an activity where kids (predominately in fifth and fourth grade) are paired up in a one-on-one tutoring system. 

Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am enrolled within the Life Sciences Living Program. I’m finding that this program offers an enriching environment for freshmen that guides them and sets them up for college life at UMD. College life is a big transition, so the whole experience felt foreign. But with the help of my peer mentor within Life Sciences, I have been having an easier time settling into the rhythm. And, although interactions have been limited due to the current circumstances of Covid, Life Sciences has given me a setting where I can still interact with my peers virtually through Zoom on various occasions.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I wish to learn more about my new community here at UMD. I hope to interact with my peers and learn from them, and to further build upon my foundation as a person and meet new challenges within the next four years. I hope to learn from my upperclassman how to obtain balance in my life and partake in the various events offered at UMD.

What are your future goals after graduation?
Following graduation, I hope to continue exploring STEM by continuing onto medical school. I aim to participate in various laboratory settings to further my experience along the way.  I want to become an additional doctor in my community to offer my services back to the community that helped me along my path.

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