Taylor-Simone Johnson

Taylor-Simone Johnson

Taylor-Simone Johnson

African American Studies / Baltimore, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I really loved the atmosphere on campus at the University of Maryland. It felt like no other school I visited. The University of Maryland was my first choice for higher learning because of the academic opportunities provided and the entire camaraderie that radiated on campus.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am currently majoring in African American studies with a concentration in public policy. My plan is to become a social justice attorney after I finish my undergraduate degree so that I can represent marginalized groups. As a Black American, I felt that majoring in African American studies would allow me to fully conceptualize the black experience in America and better equip me for the career I plan on pursuing. 

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Currently, I participate in Black Student Union and the Caribbean Student Association on campus.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am a part of the Justice and Legal Thought Program in College Park Scholars. The program has given me a good idea of what I should expect in law school and how to critically think like an attorney would. I hope to continue to make new connections that will, hopefully, last a lifetime.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to build as many connections as I possible can. I also hope to gain professional experiences that I have not yet gained.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on attending law school. Right now, my top choices are to attend Howard Law or the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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