Portrait of Franshesca Orellana Castellanos

Franshesca Orellana Castellanos

Biology / Germantown, MD


What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of the abundant resources and ways to get involved. I knew that UMD would be able to supply me with unlimited opportunities. I knew that the rigorous courses would give me a strong background and would adequately prepare me for whatever career I enter.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am a biology major on the pre-physician assistant track. I selected this path because I have a strong desire to help others in a healthcare aspect. Through my life experiences, I discovered that providing care for others is not only fulfilling, but will help create an impact. I hope to specifically work in pediatrics and partake in research focused on neurological diseases.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class I am an undergraduate research assistant at a neuroscience lab. Our lab focuses on the relationship between auditory processing and behavior. I work to collect data to be interpreted by our lab team. I am also a guided study session leader for CHEM131. This means that I create and facilitate biweekly study sessions for students. Additionally, I am training to be a counselor for the UMD Help Center Crisis Hotline.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
Aside from academics, I hope to make long lasting connections with friends and faculty. I hope to develop my self as a person more. I would like to discover new passions and deepen existing ones.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation I hope to go to physician assistant school and work in pediatrics. Additionally, I hope to work or volunteer with an organization that aims to help low income, uninsured, or undocumented individuals.

My favorite part of being a Maryland Promise Scholar:
My favorite part of the Maryland Promise Program is the service day. It was a great way to give back to the community and help an amazing organization. It was also a great way to work together with the other scholars to create a unified impact.