Carola Rojas

Carola Rojas

Carola Rojas

Biology / Rockville, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
UMD provided me with many benefits, from a large selection of courses to choose from to multiple student organizations to participate in. Yet out of all these reasons, the most important one to me and my family was the opportunity to study without the financial burden. To be able to pursue my career goals without worrying about other costs became the reason I chose to enroll at the University of Maryland.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am currently a sophomore at UMD pursuing a degree in general biology within the pre-med track. I ended up choosing this pathway as a mid point between both my personal interests and academic interests. I loved the biological courses offered at my high school, yet at the same time enjoyed tutoring the younger kids at my local elementary school. Eventually, I came to the realization that perhaps a pediatric career might be something I was interested in.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
For this upcoming school year, I am interested in working again within the Resident Hall Association. I crochet alongside members of Crocheting for a Cause outside of class times and will occasionally play volleyball at Eppley Recreation Center.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am currently on my second year of being within the Life Sciences Scholars Program and have managed to learn more about the UMD community through them. Life Sciences Scholars provided me with a circle of individuals who would all bridge together for academic study groups, and help each other in general during their freshman year. Overall, Life Sciences has allowed me to meet many graduate members within the CMNS community and to hear of their experiences when they themselves were students. The wide arrange of events held helped me little by little to find a sense of belonging within the chaotic year that freshman year was for me.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
Within my time at Maryland I hope to be able to learn more about my major and meet more members within it. I am learning little by little of all the resources available to me and hope to make the most out of them. I hope to come out of Maryland being a more well-rounded individual than when I first entered. Overall, just by meeting and getting to know all the wonderful people I have managed to meet during my time here has made my university experience all the better.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation I am seeking to go on to medical school with possibly exploring the medical research assistant role on the side. I hope to continue this biomedical professional within my community and overall becoming a source of help to new Terps as an alumni, whether it be on academic tips or career tips.

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