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Melvin Quintanilla

Melvin Quintanilla

Melvin Quintanilla

Nursing / Gaithersburg, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland provides a tight-knit and proud community that is welcoming to all. This setting caught my attention because I
gravitate towards these types of environments. Alongside this, it is close to home, which enables me to reconnect with old friends while stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people. Subsequently, UMD has a variety of diverse programs that bring in various people from around the world. This key factor was crucial because it allowed me all types of opportunities outside of medicine to educate myself.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
For my future, I plan on pursuing a career in the medical field. The reasoning behind this is I have always been interested in medical care and providing aid to those in need. My personality stems from my caring and generous parents who always helped those around them. Because of them, I learned those significant lessons about the importance of helping others and became who I am today. Also, I have always admired the people in hospitals who take care of those when they need help. They are such hardworking individuals who deserve all the respect in the world for keeping our communities safe and healthy.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
As of right now, I am currently working a job outside of school. Besides this, I also participate in sports such as lacrosse, my favorite sport for the past four years. However, now that I am at UMD, I am looking forward to leadership opportunities and intriguing organizations/clubs to participate in.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am currently not a part of any living and learning programs, but I do look forward to being a part of the Maryland Promise Program.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
With my limited time at UMD, I hope to acquire growth experiences to explore my identity and fully flesh out who I am. In addition to this, I want to make long-time friends I can share these beautiful memories with throughout college. This way, I can look back on my time here with a smile on my face while looking forward to a bright future with people I trust and love.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduating with a bachelor's in nursing, my goal is to pursue my doctorate in ARPN and further my education to provide a higher quality care to patients.

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