Paula Chavez

Paula Chavez

Paula Chavez

Business Management / Wheaton, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I was already familiar with the area and I really liked that it was close to home. I didn't want to go too far so it was convenient. Also, a lot of my teachers throughout middle school and high school have graduated from UMD, so I had also always heard great things about the school.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan to major in business management. I feel like it's the best path for me since I want to pursue a career in human resources. I thought it would be a good career for me since I think it's important to foster healthy work environments and HR plays a huge role in that.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
While in high school, I was involved in the student government association. We held fundraisers and organized other events for our class. It was something I enjoyed because I got to meet new people in my school and thoroughly plan fun events. It made me feel involved, which is why I looked for other ways to volunteer as well. My favorite experience was helping out as an election worker during the midterm elections, as it allowed me to put my language skills to use. A lot of people needed help with translating so I felt useful.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I hope to gain new leadership skills in the Maryland Promise Program. I want to be bold and sure of the decisions I make and I think MPP will allow me to do that. I am excited to see what will happen in the next couple of years and I expect to work hard to gain these new skills.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to meet new people. I kept to myself for a large part of high school and I don't want to make the same mistake while in college. I want to put myself out there and make connections with as many people as I can.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I expect to go into the workforce as soon as possible. I want to find a job that will allow me to put my knowledge to use. I think overall, my main goal is to feel like I'm making a difference, even if it's just in a small environment. Depending on how things unfold, I might return to school in later years.

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