What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of its proximity to home, the outstanding computer science program, and the very generous amount of scholarship and grant money I was offered.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan on pursuing a career in computer science. At the moment I am not sure which track I will choose but I will probably do whatever assists me most in software developing/engineering. I chose this path a long time ago when I first discovered my love for technology and video games.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
At the moment I am not engaged in nearly as many things as I would like to be. I am a college freshman so the transition is a lot different and I will be able to become more involved over time. Currently I am in a club called Code: Black, which helps African American students in computer/ tech fields find jobs, internships, and overall network. I am also in the Honors College here at UMD specifically University Honors (UH).
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am in the UH program here at UMD. In this program I have already met a lot of cool people, it also provides other ways I can connect with people. For example, if I see someone with a UH shirt on or a house Denebola shirt I can use that as a conversation starter to meet new people and build relationships. In the future, I just hope to gain a lot of connections and become a better leader through the UH program.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
One thing I really hope I take away from UMD is being less introverted. I believe that the UMD community and all of the programs that I am involved in will help with this. I also hope to be better and more comfortable with working in groups, especially since group collaboration is a big part of the field I aspire to work in.
What are your future goals after graduation?
My goals for after graduation are to hopefully get a nice job and be able to work from home. If I am given the opportunity to work from home, I might decide to live in San Francisco or somewhere I can get exposure to corporate tech industries. I then hope to eventually start my own business, preferably a tech business, but there are a lot of possibilities.