What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll in the University of Maryland (UMD) because I was presented with many scholarships and programs that made it the best choice financially and socially. I have other siblings in college, so when it was my turn to attend I had to be mindful of the financial burden it could possibly present to my family. Also, with my acceptance to UMD, I was offered positions in many great programs that surround me with people like me and make it easier for me to make friends and push me towards success. I am a part of the Maryland Promise Cohort, Incentive Awards Program, and the FIRE Program. These all gave me a chance for mentorship, career readiness, and peer bonding. University of Maryland was the best choice for me in almost every aspect I was considering when choosing a college.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am currently still deciding my exact career path. My declared major at the moment is Criminology/Criminal Justice and with that I hope to go to law school and become a criminal defense attorney. I would like to prioritize working on exonerating inmates that were wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit and keep them from being executed by the state. I am also interested in cosmetic chemistry and packaging design, so I am considering a double major in Chemistry and Immersive Media Design. I would love to work with cosmetic companies on animation and aesthetics for advertising and formulating makeup/ skincare. I have struggled with skin issues and many of the makeup products are not inclusive or include ingredients that are harmful to the skin. We need more brands dedicated to people of color. With a chemistry degree I could also look into patent law afterwards.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class, I attend Black Student Union GBM's, go to the gym, stay active with Black Terps Matter, and participate in Kairos Christian Fellowship. I am in the running for historian in the Black Student Union. I also plan to join the STEP team and look into clubs for when the First Look Fair happens on campus. For community service, I am required to participate in 2 activities a year with the Incentive Awards Program, and I am currently looking for more opportunities to get involved. The First Look Fair is approaching, and I plan to use that as a way to get more involved with the community and meet more people interested in the same things as me.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am a part the FIRE Living-Learning Program. So far from this experience, I am learning valuable skills about how to properly conduct research and learn the basis of what good research includes. Later on, we will get hands-on research experience and gain some valuable tools that will be of use in internships and future endeavors.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to build a strong community of friends that are genuine and strive to meet their goals. I also hope to become more independent, well rounded, and involved in my community. I normally am very shy, but I hope to work on branching out and creating long lasting impacts on campus and with people. I hope to network and create a strong foundation of support. Lastly, I hope to jump-start my adulthood in every aspect.
What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to have an internship or job in the field I choose. I also want to look into getting my master's, attending law school, or pursuing a PhD. I plan to jump into my career of choice after graduation and work in the field I have aspired to be involved in.