Why did I choose Maryland?
University of Maryland was the best fit for me because the school is in-state. In addition, it being such a big campus meant many opportunities to get involved in different sports and clubs as well as meet new people. Finally, I was offered a generous amount of financial aid.
What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I plan to become a clinical psychiatrist, working with young adults from under-represented demographics. I come from inner city Baltimore and have seen many of my friends’ lives spiral out of control due to the violence, among other negative things they are exposed to. These events alter them in ways that aren't always physical. Therefore I would like to help kids undergoing similar experiences better cope and overcome such obstacles to their growth.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved in:
I am not involved in any yet, considering it is the first semester and we have been under strict social distancing guidelines due to Covid, However, I would like to participate in an outdoors club as well as wrestle.
Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am enrolled in College Park Scholars and am a part of the Justice and Legal Thought program. This has given me the opportunity to deeply analyze certain social constructs and the current political climate in our country today which is an experience not traditional to my career path. On top of that, I take these classes with the people I live with, which makes for a more tightly knit sense of community.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I would like to become a more world-wise person as I familiarize myself with the various cultures of my peers as well as becoming more outgoing to expand my ability to socialize and network. This will also, like for many others, be my first time living independently of my parents or legal guardian as I cross that bridge into adulthood. It is exciting.
What are your future goals after graduation?
I would like to move on to medical school—possibly after taking a gap year—so that I can become a psychiatrist. I would like to be living on my own or at least independent of my mom as well in a decent apartment preferably a little ways from my current home, but not too far.