Portrait of Vivian Le

Vivian Le

Criminology and Criminal Justice / Hanover, MD


What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I chose the University of Maryland because it is an in-state school that I had visited during my junior year in high school. After seeing the campus in person, I was immediately drawn to the people and the uplifting atmosphere of Maryland. Since I've lived in Maryland for most of my life, I've also heard that UMD has a lot of school spirit and I wanted to be a part of that. The campus is also close to D.C. and other locations including my own home. Being a 30-minute drive away felt comfortable to me. I also felt that the university would give me a good opportunity to explore various majors and find my passion.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am currently a criminology and criminal justice major with a minor in general business. Although I am still unsure of what I want to do in the future, I have two potential career paths, pursuing law or business. I decided on this path after taking a variety of different courses as a Letters and Sciences student. The classes that I enjoyed the most were my criminology and criminal justice courses and business courses for non-business majors/minors. I also grew up with entrepreneurial parents who both run their own businesses. These factors heavily influenced my major/career path selection.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class, I am a part of various Asian cultural clubs, an Asian interest sorority, and Empowering Women Through Law Club. Through my Asian interest sorority I have done many fundraisers, community service and volunteer activities. One recent community service activity I have done involved picking up trash around the University of Maryland campus.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to continue to meet new friends and create new experiences and memories through joining clubs and various activities around campus. I also hope to take all of my new found knowledge and life experiences from my time at Maryland and apply it to my life after Maryland.

What are your future goals after graduation?
My future goals after graduation include either going to law school to pursue a degree in law, working as a paralegal, or running my own business.

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