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As current UMBC-Shady Grove students, members of the UMBC Peer Advisory Team (PAT) serve as a critical point of contact in the successful and seamless transition of students transferring to UMBC-Shady Grove from other institutions. PAT members undergo extensive leadership development and work closely with UMBC-Shady Grove administrative staff, faculty, and current students to reach out, serve, and create meaningful connections with prospective students through a variety of formal and informal recruitment and retention events. We are proud to be UMBC!

Meet the UMBC Peer Advisory Team members below.

Ira Degawan: Psychology

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

Something interesting about me is I have done a lot of traveling. I have lived in three countries: the Philippines, Thailand, and the United States. As a child, I grew up transferring schools because my mother and I kept moving back and forth between Thailand and the Philippines. Because of all the traveling, I became fluent in English. Now, aside from English, I speak three Philippine dialects, a bit of Japanese and a bit of Thai.

Why did you choose UMBC- Shady Grove?

I choose UMBC-Shady Grove because I liked the idea of having smaller classes compared to “traditional” universities and because it was close to home.

In what internship or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

This is my first semester being part of UMBC-Shady Grove’s Peer-Advisory Team (PAT), and I am a member of Tau Sigma honor society

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan to take a few months break to travel and look for a job. Then I plan to take up Masters in Social Development in the Philippines.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is not to be afraid of asking for help either from professors, classmates or faculty at UMBC and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). The professors are willing to help if you need clarification or help with an assignment. Your fellow classmates might have some tips and tricks that they can share with you about studying or the different classes.

Christian Freolo: Psychology

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

I love the outdoors -- camping on a mountain, road trips, skiing, hiking, rafting and urban cycling or just simply strolling at night!


Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I chose UMBC -Shady Grove because of its convenience and its friendly atmosphere. When I was a Montgomery College student, I would always get invited by my peers to attend events at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and I have always enjoyed the atmosphere. Class sizes are smaller here and this is very important because it allows me to get closer to my classmates and professors. The setting is excellent as well as I can study everywhere on campus without being bothered.


In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

Besides serving as a member of UMBC-Shady Grove’s Peer Advisory Team, I am also part of the Rock Climbing Team! The club was founded last semester, and it has been a success in helping students that are interested in rock climbing enjoy the sport.  If you are interested, join us! There are a lot of clubs and activities you can participate in on campus!


What are your plans following graduation?

I want to travel after graduating -- see the world and enjoy life. I intend to use my degree in psychology and integrate it with physical therapy in the future.  When I am ready, I will go back to school to complete my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.


What is your advice for prospective students?

Have the courage to ask questions if you are confused about anything. There is no such thing as a stupid question and you are not bothering anyone. Everyone on campus is a resource you can tap into and gather information about almost anything! Knowledge is power and the best part of asking questions is that it’s free. You just have to muster the courage to ask your questions. Building your connections are essential as well. There are a lot of peers and professors here at UMBC-Shady Grove that share the same interests as you and you’ll be surprised how well certain connections can impact your future career path. So, in summary, don’t be afraid to ask questions and use the resources that are available to you here at UMBC-Shady Grove!

Abigail Gomez: History

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

One of the most daunting tasks is to find an interesting personal fact about myself. There are always so many interesting facts I want to state, and it becomes hard to just state one fact. Despite it being a daunting task, my interesting fact is also a fun fact. One day, I was doing research on how to improve my self-control, and I came across an interesting page. It said that if I used my non-dominant hand for mundane tasks for two weeks, it could improve my self-control. It seemed interesting to me because I had always been doing this, but it never occurred to me that this was interesting. Ever since I came across this, I use my non-dominant hand a lot more to open doors, send text messages, and many other things.  

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

The first time I ever heard about the UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove was through the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program at my high school which I am still a member of. I never thought I would attend UMBC-Shady Grove. When I started college, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I took a few history and political science courses at Montgomery College, and I loved it! I knew that both of the programs were offered at the Universities at Shady Grove, but I had taken more history courses than political science. In addition to this, I had a passion for history, and that is what drove me to UMBC-Shady Grove. It was not just this passion that drove me to transfer here, but it was also the incredible atmosphere. I needed to attend a university where there were small class sizes, considerable interactions with the professors, and low attendance costs. I needed an institution that offered me the flexibility to work and attend school at the same time. It was precisely all of these factors that led me to attend UMBC-Shady Grove.

In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

Believe it or not, finding an internship is amongst one of the toughest challenges for college students that have a lot on their plate. Currently, finding a good internship is one of my priorities. My main goal is to find one before the fall of my senior year. At Montgomery College, I volunteered for a political campaign which was a remarkable experience. My first semester at the Universities at Shady Grove I did not participate in as many extracurriculars as I would have liked. One of the things I did do my first semester was that I contributed to the History Student Journal. During my first semester, I heard about the Peer Advisory Team (PAT), but I was not able to join. My second semester I was convinced to join as I had heard great things about it. I ended up joining the Peer Advisory Team, and I am looking forward to having an incredible experience.

What are your plans following graduation?

My plans after graduation are not as interesting as most people’s plans. After graduation, I plan on attending law school. Ever since I was a child, the inequities of the world left me with a bothering impression. I developed a fascination with the field of law, and I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in which I could make a difference in the world. As cliché as that sounds, this career will give me the opportunity to grow intellectually while helping others.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to stop being intimidated by college! Be yourself because this is the only way you will truly make the best experience out of college. Step out of your comfort zone as this will expand your horizons. Make sure to ask questions because no question is ever irrelevant. Build connections with your professors. This will help you get the recommendations you need for higher education. Take advantage of the resources you essentially pay for! Finally, talk to your peers as this will take so much weight off of your shoulders while getting a degree.

Carol Hurtado: Social Work

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

Currently, I am trying to self-teach myself the French language and play guitar. I have always been saying that I need to learn these two things before I die so, I set my priorities straight during winter break and made it my top priority. Shout out to the French New Wave Films that have helped me learn the language and shout out to trusty YouTube which has helped me learn some guitar notes.  

Why did you choose UMBC- Shady Grove?

I chose the UMBC- Shady Grove campus for many reasons. I previously attended another university and felt extremely lost in a large amount of students so I felt like I never found my rhythm as a student there. Finding out that UMBC offers a social work program, I had to apply as soon as possible as it was closely related to what I was studying in the other university I attended. Another reason why I chose UMBC- Shady is because it is cheaper and the commute is extremely convenient for me.

What internships and/or extracurricular activities have you been involved with at UMBC-Shady Grove?

This is my second semester at UMBC-Shady Grove and I have always been interested in being involved. I am currently a member of the UMBC-Shady Grove Peer Advisory Team (PAT) and I am part of the Social Work Student Association (SWSA). I plan to join more extracurricular activities and am extremely excited to start my internship/field work during my senior year

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation, I would love to volunteer internationally or get a chance to be part of the Peace Corps.  I would also like to earn my Master of Social Work (MSW).

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to use the resources the campus has to offer. I have always struggled with my writing.  Going to USG’s Center for Academic Success (CAS) - where they help you with your papers - has been my grade saver. Also, take advantage of getting to know your professors and allow your professors to get know you. Keep in mind that they were students too and know what you are going through. Every professor that I have had has been helpful and the overall staff at UMBC-Shady Grove is always willing to give a helping hand. Another advice is to try to get involved in clubs or attend the events on campus. Meeting new people and feeling part of the school makes the experience of a college student amazing. My last advice is to have your mind set on your goal.  Yes, school will be hard, but always remember to keep going.

Chad Jude: History

An interesting personal fact about yourself …

I love to travel and to attend concerts. I am a firm believer in going out and discovering new people, places, and experiences, and sharing and appreciating those experiences with others. I am all for experiences that unite us and transcend our usual bubbles.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

After growing tired and agitated of the “traditional” university campus setting, I decided on Shady Grove due to its proximity to my home and work, as well as its budding reputation as a community of students involved in the real world (ie. family, work, etc.). The experience has been conducive to a better learning experience and I have yet to regret the decision to come here.

In what internships of extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

So far, I have joined the editing team of the History department’s student-run historical journal, in addition to being a contributing writer. As always, I am always on the lookout for new clubs and associations. All about the experience, right?

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I intend to take either the GRE or the LSAT. I dream of becoming an ambassador, so I am up for anything that forwards my diplomatic goals and ambitions.

What is your advice for prospective students?

Despite being thirty, it is never too late to educate yourself. Education, more than currency, is true wealth.

Karlee Kenny: Psychology

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

An interesting personal fact about me is that I can complete a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle by myself in about 2-3 days. I can only do this during winter and summer breaks because I get too involved in it that I tend to neglect my school work.  In addition, it is kind of an expensive hobby.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I chose UMBC-Shady Grove for many reasons. One reason is the convenience of the Rockville location. It is only 10-15 minutes from my house. During my first semester here, I noticed its similarity to Montgomery College which made the transition process go a lot more smoothly than expected.

In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

One thing I noticed about my last few semesters at Montgomery College is that when I got involved in extracurricular activities, I enjoy school more and, thus, did better in school. So, when I transferred to UMBC-Shady Grove, I thought why not get involved right away?! So, I am a member of the Psychology Student Association (PSA). I am currently co- treasurer of the Care Package Club at USG. Finally, I have joined the UMBC-Shady Grove Peer Advisory Team. I am also in training to become a veterinary assistant through Montgomery College.

What are your plans following graduation?

My ultimate career goal is to become an animal behaviorist.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is, first and foremost, take advantage of the guidance of your professors and advisors at UMBC-Shady Grove. Also, make sure to get involved in various workshops, events, activities, clubs, and organizations around campus.

Sarah Khan: Political Science

An Interesting personal fact about yourself ...

An interesting fact about myself is my involvement in my community was what brought me to study Political Science. Studying politics helps you understand the policy that is put forth in government and how it influences your daily life.

Why did you choose UMBC – Shady Grove?

UMBC-Shady Grove offered me the opportunity to get my undergraduate degree without uprooting from my work and personal life. Prior to receiving my acceptance letter for UMBC – Shady Grove, I was concerned that all my local job opportunities would be on hold and my only option was to move on campus away from my friends and family. Attending UMBC-Shady Grove not only granted me the chance to obtain my degree, but also enabled me to maintain all my connections and opportunities. 

In what internship or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC -Shady Grove?

At UMBC-Shady Grove, I have enjoyed being a part of the Political Science student community. Being surrounded by students and professors with similar interests has given me the sense of belonging I was looking for in my collegiate experience. Our campus hosts a multitude of events that engage students with the local community, being able to attend seminars and career fairs has been lifechanging. 

What are your plans following graduation?

After I graduate, I plan on moving and attending law school in Atlanta, Georgia. I have lived in the DMV my entire life and attending a school in a new environment has made me even more excited for graduation! 

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is do not let any question go unanswered. If you have a question about our campus or your degree program do not be afraid to ask a peer advisor or one of our many faculty members for guidance or advice.  

Harrison Meyers: History

An interesting personal fact…

Outside of school, baseball is my passion.  For the last 10 years I have been deeply involved with the local youth league as a player, a coach, a member of its Executive Board, and now as its President. The league serves over 1,000 players and families in the local Rockville area with the express mission that every child and young adult in the area has the opportunity to get outside and play ball.  Understandably, outside of school this is what I spend most of time on.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I chose UMBC-Shady Grove because this group is more like a family than a school.  My previous institution was massive and I felt like I was getting lost in the crowd.  Additionally, as a student with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, it was important for me to find a school with small class sizes, professors that care, and a culture that make me want to do my best.  I found all three and so much more here at UMBC-Shady Grove.


In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

I first game to UMBC-Shady Grove after being invited to the Wednesday Wipeout current affairs discussion group, where I still am very active.  I am also a member of the Political Science Student Organization (PSSO) and the History Student Association (HSA), and am a contributor to the History Student Journal in addition to my work with the local youth baseball league.


What are your plans following gradation?

After graduation I would like to work for a government organization or a local public radio station like NPR or its affiliates.  Either way I would like to work on solving problems and reporting on things that effect every one of us with the ultimate goal of being a public servant.  


What is your advice for prospective students?

Don’t be scared!  Going to college can be a scary thing, but here at The Universities at Shady Grove there is absolutely no reason to be scared.  No matter what department you are in, what you’re scared about, or what problem you are having, there is always somebody who wants to help you.  Going to school here at Shady Grove is nothing to be afraid of.

Jennifer Orantes: Social Work

An interesting fact about yourself ...

One interesting fact about me is that I love being a mom to my pets. I currently only have a dog and a hamster. I look forward to owning my own home so I can have more pets. Ideally, I’d like to have a dog, cat, bunny, and hamster.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I chose UMBC-Shady Grove due to a few reasons. First, the location is convenient, and it saves me from having to make the commute to UMBC’s main campus in Catonsville, MD. Second, the tuition is affordable and there is a high possibility of being awarded scholarships at USG (who doesn’t love scholarships)! Lastly, the class sizes are small which is super helpful in allowing students to get to know each other and the professors.

In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

My first extracurricular activity was becoming a mentor for the Multilingual Writing Mentor Program. In addition to this, I am a Writing Fellow and a UMBC-Shady Grove Peer Advisory Team (PAT) member. I would like to find an internship or volunteer opportunity for the summer.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I’d really like to visit a new country (maybe Spain or Australia) as a reward to myself for all my hard work. Following that, grad school is my goal. I plan to pursue my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice to prospective students is to really dive in to the activities that are offered on this campus. Just because this is a commuter campus does not mean that there aren’t fun things to do. There are flyers all over campus and there will be something that catches your attention so do not hold back and get involved! As for studying tips - stay organized! Find a method that works for you and stick with it. 

Stephanie Rodriguez: Social Work

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

An interesting fact about myself is that I like to eat my french fries with ranch and ketchup.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

Aside from being a UMBC-Shady Grove student, I am also a mother. I chose to attend UMBC-Shady Grove due to the convenience of its location and it being so close to home. It allows me to be close to my daughter in case of emergencies as well as saving me money in gas expenses. Not only that, but I personally find smaller class sizes extremely beneficial in my academic learning. Plus, the professors are awesome!

In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC-Shady Grove?

Now that I have been able to fully acclimate myself to the school and juggle both school and home life, I have recently become a UMBC-Shady Grove Peer Advisory Team (PAT) member. I received so much help from the resources and people around me during my first semester that what better way to give back then to help those just entering the UMBC-Shady Grove community!

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation, I plan to take a mini-vacation to celebrate my new achievement, but not for too long. I do wish to pursue my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree while also taking on a summer internship to gain further experience. Hopefully all goes well!

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to take your time and breathe during your first semester. Only you know what you can and cannot take on. So, use your first semester to dip your toes into a new environment. Once you have gotten a hang of the campus, take advantage of all the resources, events, and organizations provided.  You will not be disappointed.

Issoufou “Izzy” Tchiany: History & Political Science

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

I was originally born with two extra fingers. I had them removed as a baby but I still have a little bump where they used to be.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

Shady Grove has a convenient location and allows me to remain in the University of Maryland System (USM). Maryland is a great state and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a great resource for students that do not want to deal with the long commute to UMBC’s home campus in Catonsville, Maryland.

What internships and/or extracurricular activities have you been involved with at UMBC-Shady Grove?

I’m currently a member of UMBC-Shady Grove’s History Student Association (HSA) as well as the Model U.N. Club on UMBC’s main campus. Both organizations have been very enriching and provide great ways to develop new connections.

What are your plans following graduation?

Right after graduation, I am looking into joining either the Navy or attending graduate school. If I pursue graduate school, I’d like to work my way up to a doctoral degree and pursue a career as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department.

What is your advice for prospective students?

Take full advantage of UMBC-Shady Grove and all the resources. You have a great team in USG’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) Suite as well as dedicated UMBC staff. Professors are really helpful as well; one of the benefits of smaller class sizes means that you can better know your professors. That advantage will be more evident down the road when you need a recommendation for a future academic endeavor. Make sure to be as involved as possible, but also understand your limits. Join clubs that you truly feel passionate about and stay organized so you are on top of your schoolwork and club duties.

Cherie Tebah: Psychology & Social Work

An interesting personal fact ...

I served in the United States Navy for five years and spent my first two years of service in Japan. During those two years I spent in Japan, I climbed Mount Fuji overnight with my unit to see the sunrise. It was the most beautiful scenery and on my way down the mountain my friends and I decided to explore. We took a different route and we got lost. We finally found our way back to the group. I also love watching Asian movies.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I choose UMBC Shady-Grove campus for several reasons. First and foremost, I have an aunt who is an alumna and she spoke highly of the UMBC-Shady Grove campus. I wanted to find out what the rave is all about. Upon doing my research, I found out that it is cost efficient and I can receive the same benefits (and even more) that UMBC’s main campus students receive. As an extrovert, I love good connections when it comes to education and networking. As a transfer student from Montgomery College-Germantown, a campus which has smaller class sizes, I wanted to have the same types of connections. I was sold after touring USG. Everyone seemed friendly and the environment was very welcoming. I felt I could fit in just like family. The location of the school was very convenient for my commute and when I was informed that I do not have to go to main campus for any of my classes or administrative paperwork, I was so relieved.

What internships and/or extracurricular activities have you been involved with at UMBC-Shady Grove?

During my first semester I was nervous. To relieve my first semester stress, I took a yoga class in the Recreation Center. The class met every Wednesday at 2pm and I got to meet new people. It really helped me a lot to relieve my stress and stay focused. I became a member of the UMBC-Shady Grove Peer Advisory Team (PAT). I am a member of the Social Work Student Association (SWSA) and Psychology Student Association (PSA). As a social work major, the program requires a year-long internship (field placement) once you get into the second year of coursework. I am anxious and excited to learn outside the classroom because it will be a different learning experience. I will be able to apply the classroom knowledge I’ve gained, get to shadow a social worker, and learn so much of what to expect in the field of social work.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan to write the board exams for my LBSW license and look for a part-time job. I also plan to pursue my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. I am hoping to be able to qualify for advanced placement which will allow me to earn my master’s degree in one year instead of two years. This will help me tremendously because I will be able to save money and time.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to come and visit the campus to get a feel of what UMBC- Shady Grove is all about. Remember -- choosing a school and a degree requires some research and planning. The only way to figure things out is to make an effort, in advance, to meet an advisor before you apply into the program. UMBC-Shady Grove has an infinite amount of resources. To be able to succeed here at UMBC-Shady Grove campus you have to utilize those resources! The faculty and stuff are always willing to help you navigate the system. Build good connections with your professors as well as your peers. Get to know your professors, reach out to them when you feel overwhelmed or stuck. Do not wait till the last minute before you ask for help. Do not think that asking too many questions is a bother because professors here love to help you do well. My first semester here was stressful but I always asked for help and that made my semester a breeze. There are times they will push you above your limits because they want you to succeed in UMBC and beyond. There are so many clubs and resources such as scholarships, counseling, USG Grover Essentials and may more opportunities available to you across the Universities at Shady Grove. Get involved in activities, workshops, and over all, have fun!  There is a diverse population of student groups, so you will never feel alone.

Lucy Tembo: Social Work

An interesting personal fact about yourself…

Some exciting facts about me are that I love watching soccer, and the other thing is that I like gardening.  I grow grapes in my back yard and enjoy making grape juice during the holiday season, an idea which has now become a yearly holiday tradition.

Why did you choose UMBC – Shady Grove?

I chose UMBC-Shady Grove for a few reasons.  As a working family woman, I can live at home, take care of my family, continue to work and attend school at the same time. I chose UMBC specifically because of its excellent reputation and diversity.  When I came for the open house, I found both faculty, staff, and students to be very welcoming and always willing to help.  I also liked the smaller class sizes at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), which made it easy to build relationships with faculty members and students or seek help when needed.   

In what internships or extracurricular activities have you been involved at UMBC – Shady Grove?

I have not been very much involved in extracurricular activities at UMBC-Shady Grove.  I have, however, volunteered at Manna food center with my kids and also took part in volunteering for the Elderly Abuse Awareness Annual Campaign.   Now that I am a member of UMBC-Shady Grove’s Peer Advisory Team (PAT), this will allow me to be more involved in the activities around Shady Grove campus and the community for the remainder of my semesters.

What are your plans following graduation?

Following my graduation from UMBC, my goal is to first get licensed as a social worker and work part-time while pursuing a Master's Program, hopefully here at USG.

What is your advice for prospective students?

The advice I can give to prospective students is not to be scared to ask for help, no matter the situation.   Prospective students should try to make full use of the opportunities and benefits offered here.  There is a lot of support and resources available for use to enable new students to achieve success.  Faculty, staff, and students are fantastic and are always willing to help.

Mariam “Mimi” Yaldram: History

An interesting personal fact about yourself ...

An interesting personal fact about me is my passion for collecting dolls and hunting for antique and cultural items at thrift shops. I currently own over fifty dolls that include ethnic dolls from around the world and dolls that are over fifty years old. The oldest doll in my collection is a German-made Bisque doll from 1894. I currently attended an African American Doll competition that was organized by the Chesapeake Doll Club to celebrate Black Dolls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Both my dolls won 1st and 2nd prizes. I also attended the largest Eastern Doll Convention in Gaithersburg and will soon be a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) and the Charm City Dolling Club in Baltimore.

Why did you choose UMBC-Shady Grove?

I first heard about the USG community from my older brother who graduated in 2012 from University of Maryland College Park’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Both my brother and I attended the Montgomery College-Germantown Campus and had to stay in Montgomery County due to being caregivers to our parents. What also appealed to me is that the UMBC-Shady Grove program offers smaller class sizes, the convenience of commuting and less expensive student fees in comparison to UMBC’s home campus, personal interactions with professors, and numerous leadership opportunities. As a student attending UMBC-Shady Grove, I will not only save more money while completing my bachelor’s degree, but I will have the opportunity to find connections for internships and jobs in Montgomery County. 

What internships and/or extracurricular activities have you been involved with at UMBC-Shady Grove?

I am currently involved in numerous leadership opportunities because I am passionate about being involved in my community and building my leadership skills. My USG leadership roles include: Student Orientation Leader, member of the Student Advisory Board, member of the History Student Association (HSA), reviewer and the faculty/department liaison for the Mild Awareness: UMBC-Shady Grove Student Journal of History (I am also published in the History Journal) and Moderator for USG CommUNITY Book Club. I am also a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Disability Honor Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. For the next two years here, I plan on doing an internship under the public history requirement, joining Student Ambassadors in the fall semester and plan to run for USG Student Council as President.

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation, I plan to apply for graduate school in history and hope to be a world historian like my mentor Kelly Rudin at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus.

What is your advice for prospective students?

Dear Prospective Students, I welcome you to transfer to and join the USG community. As a transfer student, I encourage you to continue working hard to finish your bachelor’s degree but don’t loose sight of other opportunities that USG offers. I implore you to seek out resources, find support from your professors and peers, build social and professional connections, and be involved in leadership opportunities and USG events --even if it’s just for five minutes. And don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help!