Portrait of Jason So

Jason So

Mechanical Engineering / Ellicott City, MD


What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland is the perfect fit for me as the school is a fantastic in-state university. Additionally, the school also has a top tier engineering program, which I think will assist me in achieving success in my future career. Ever since I was in elementary school, being a Terp was my dream.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am planning to graduate with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. My interests always had a math and science element to them. I found myself taking apart and putting back together my toys as a child since the inner workings piqued my interests. Legos were one of my favorite things to take apart since it amazed me how the little pieces came together to create a replica of something. In middle school and high school, I researched careers in which I could continue these habits and I came to find mechanical engineering.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
In high school I was involved with UNICEF club, football, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). In UNICEF club I participated in many fundraisers that aimed to raise money for programs in Baltimore and provide resources and food to other countries in need. I participated in this club for three years. I also had a love for sports and played football as a tight end in my sophomore and senior years of high school. In FBLA, I participated in competitions of knowledge in the business of sports and entertainment. After competing in regional and states, I participated in the national level of the competition.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to create many connections and cherish many memories made in my time at Maryland. I believe that academics are not everything and that life experiences are what push individuals to be their best.

What are your future goals after graduation?
My goals are to make many connections and gain real world experience from internships. I hope to have at least secured an internship by graduation which will hopefully transition to a full-time job. While having a stable source of income, I hope to pay back my parents for all they have done for me.