Chelsea Gutierrez

Chelsea Gutierrez

Chelsea Gutierrez

Business Marketing / Silver Spring, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
At the start of applying to universities after college, I had already come to the conclusion that I wanted to attend the University of Maryland. My reason being is that I considered the university's good reputation for student success. I heard about the student support by staff and various programs that the University of Maryland provides for everyone. I felt that is what I truly longed for throughout my education. It has been difficult for me at times due to the fact that I felt I had no one to ask for help. Trying to figure everything out on my own and failing took a hard toll on me. That is why I came to a final decision that the University of Maryland would provide the guidance and support I needed.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I have always been extremely passionate about the world of fashion since I was little. It was always exciting to pick out my outfits on my own without anyone's help because I knew that's what I did best. It is definitely one of the major ways I express myself. I have always been a little different from everyone else, and I am glad to say that I never wanted to be like anyone else. I would often get made fun of in middle school for the outfits that I wore because it wasn't what was trending at the time. I didn't care at all what other people thought, all I knew was that I looked very cute. Someday I would like to create my own fashion line in the future or even promote big fashion brands. I believe that business is a main factor in the fashion industry. Therefore, I have decided to become a business major and utilize the skills I will obtain for future jobs in fashion.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Since I was about 12 years old, I took an interest in wanting to learn to play the piano. I learned how to play all on my own, which is something that I became proud of. Playing the piano is one of the ways I cope with stress or anxiety and even just to play for fun. Eight years later and I am still going strong and enjoying my one-on-one with my piano. One other thing that I also enjoy doing is dancing, I have taken dance classes since I was in seventh grade. I mostly enjoy doing hip hop and jazz, I also feel that dance is another way of clearing my mind. I love challenging myself with difficult choreography and perfecting it. As for volunteer activities, during the elections, I participated in working as an election judge. This was an enriching experience because I developed new skills such as being able to communicate with different people. I also really enjoyed the teamwork that was brought into counting all the ballots at the end.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
Since I am a commuter, I plan on joining programs to enrich my experience here at the University of Maryland. I am mostly looking forward to finding programs that will build my leadership and communication skills.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
In the two years that I have left at the University of Maryland, I am hoping to make new friends. Since I am a transfer student, everything is quite a bit new for me and it was difficult adjusting. I am definitely an introvert so I find it hard at times to just talk to people in general. One of my main goals is to be more social and make as many friends as I can. I would also like to join new clubs within my interests such as a Christian club or a k-pop club.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduating one of my main goals is to be able to find a good- paying job so that I can eventually start my own business in the future. Typically, for many students after graduating college, it is very difficult to land a job. I will try my best to utilize every resource here at UMD to avoid that from happening. This is probably one of my greatest concerns. However, I am determined to find a job that suits me best and that I will enjoy doing.

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