Giovanni Chen

Giovanni Chen

Giovanni Chen

Aerospace Engineering / Silver Spring, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I enrolled at UMD because it was close by to where I live already in Silver Spring, MD. I also went because of the popularity of the Terps around the DMV area. I'm sure if you show anyone in the DMV the Terps logo, they already know what college you're talking about. UMD is a popular school nationwide even if it's not as notorious as Harvard or Yale. Finally, going to UMD was a goal of mine since I was little. I would make my family proud by being the first generation to go to college in the US and at such a prestigious college as well.


What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
My current major is Aerospace Engineering. I chose this major because space, space travel, and designing spacecraft/rockets are all things I'm very interested in. I want to learn more about it so I can get a job in the field. I also heard that it pays very well. When choosing specifically for aerospace-related majors, I was also taking into account what my future was for these majors. Aerospace Engineering allows for many opportunities at companies like NASA and SpaceX so I knew right away this was the major for me.


Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class, I like to swim. I was swimming competitively when I was younger, but now I just do it to relax my muscles, do exercise or just chill with my friends if they decide to head to the pool for example. In high school, I was a part of the Anacostia Watershed Society which was a group that committed to cleaning the Anacostia River. They made a whole event for it. Now I just work in a retail store on the weekends.


Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am not enrolled in any Living and Learning Programs as of now because I commute to campus. The campus is only a 20-minute drive from home so I figured I would try at least for the first few semesters. Eventually, I would like to be in a dorm just to experience new things and see what college life is like.


Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I would like to meet new people and make new acquaintances with professors, TA's, and any other staff at UMD. UMD is a large place so I want to make sure I get to know everything before I eventually graduate. There are also plenty of clubs that seem interesting to me so I would also like to participate in those as well.


What are your future goals after graduation?
My future goals after my graduation would be to seek a job at NASA or SpaceX. It has always been a lifetime goal of mine to get a job in one of these companies. I would enjoy a good salary thanks to my degree and I would probably also focus on getting a new house of my own. I'm probably gonna be exhausted after my 5 years of learning so I might take time to relax in El Salvador so I can see my family and go to the beach again.

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