Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez

Management / Gaithersburg, Md.

Why did I choose Maryland?
I decided to enroll at Maryland because of its prestige, business school, and accessibility. UMD is one of the most renowned and respected public universities in the country, and being able to apply with in-state tuition, I had to take that opportunity. The Robert H. Smith School of Business is one of the university's assets that makes Maryland even more prestigious. With its undergraduate program recently being named among the Top 9 public schools in the country, and offering classes 15 minutes away from me at the Shady Grove Campus, it was a no-brainer to choose Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business for my studies.

What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I am majoring in business management. I plan to use my studies and experience from the Robert H. Smith School of Business to create, own, and manage a successful business in the future. I chose to attempt management and entrepreneurship because I enjoy working to build successful projects, and I hope to apply the experience I will gain from the university and my management career to running my own business and leading it to success.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved in:
Outside of school, I do very little things due to my introverted personality. I enjoy playing soccer with my friends, and recently I've attempted to start up an online retail store to "dip my toes" into the business world. From this endeavor, I expect to make mistakes that I will learn from and use those lessons in the future.

Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am enrolled in the MPP Scholars program, and although I have only been part of the group for three weeks, I have gained a lot of knowledge thus far. In my three meetings with the program group, I have learned the importance of being open to others, being yourself, and the value of family-like connections. 

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
From my time at Maryland, I hope to gain access to many valuable career opportunities through the resources provided by the Smith School. In the first month of classes, I have already attended two college fairs, where we can network with top-tier employers. During the rest of my studies, I plan to take advantage of similar opportunities and attempt to get noticed by various employers and hopefully earn internships and job opportunities. 

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to be a successful manager and entrepreneur. 

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