What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of the high quality education and the large campus size. There are so many student clubs, organizations, and programs at UMD that it felt like the right choice for me. Additionally, I was offered a spot in the College Park Scholars Program, which drew me further to the university. And after learning more about university culture during Admitted Students Day, I enjoyed the community aspect of Maryland and how even though it is a large campus, people were still able to find community, which pushed me to enroll.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan on pursuing editorial journalism, and I came across that path through originally enrolling in UMD's film major. I originally wanted to be a director, and decided to try to double major in film and journalism since I had already started writing in high school for an online magazine. Then, I decided that the film program wasn't for me after learning more about it, but still wanted to still try with journalism. I fell in love with it even more throughout the years, which has put me on the path to hopefully becoming a staff writer or freelancer after college for a magazine, focusing on fashion, music, and entertainment.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class I am a member of creative writing club, a Diversions staff writer on The Diamondback, where I write features on student organizations and music reviews, and a reporter for WMUC’s Drop The Pop, where my co-hosts and I report on pop culture news. I'm also fond of sewing, and have a love for vintage clothing.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am in the Jiménez-Porter's Writers’ House. So far, in being a part of this program I’ve learned so many great things about poetry and writing overall, such as how some of the most challenging things to write can be your best work. And I'm also learning to appreciate the value of constructive criticism and feedback even more than I already do through various workshop classes. It's also just really inspiring and entertaining to take part in open mics and hear other students’ work. I hope to gain a stronger command over language in my poems, and simply grow as a writer, not only as a poet but a fiction author as well.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to create fun memories with my friends, gain more tools to navigate the world, and I also hope to discover new hobbies/interests by trying out different school clubs and organizations.
What are your future goals for after graduation?
My goals after graduation are to hone in on my non-writing skills, such as photography or conceptual art, maybe through classes or a short program. I also hope to take part in either a fellowship that gives me the opportunity to work with other writers on telling important stories, such as one with a newspaper or magazine.