“UMBC shaped me into who I am today and I hope to take what I learned at my time at UMBC and apply it to where my life and career takes me.”
Major: Business Technology Administration
Hometown: Burtonsville, MD
Campus Activities: Filipino American Student Association (FASA), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), CWIT Affiliates, Cyber Scholar Affiliates, Information Systems Council of Majors (ISCOM), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), worked at UMBC Bookstore
Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of their STEM program. I was really interested in Computer Science and anything Information Technology related. I thought this would be a nice start for my schooling and possibly my career. I love the diversity here as well and the size of the school. It’s not too big and not too small and has its own little circle. Everything is in walking distance and such a nice campus with the new pond.
What do you love about UMBC?
I love the diversity and the people here at UMBC. I was amazed how many different organizations and clubs UMBC offered. When I had attended my first Involvement fest, there was just so much going on I didn’t know where to start. There is just so much to do outside of going to class, I didn’t know what to join or if I would have time for it. The organizations I joined at UMBC became my second home at college and I loved it! I met so many different people and learned so much as well. There is just so much UMBC offers it can be overwhelming but a rewarding experience. You meet people from all over the world and hear what they want to do with school and life. It’s just amazing. I really loved my time at UMBC and wouldn’t have changed it or spend my college years anywhere else. College is not only a time to figure out what you want to do in life, but a learning experience as well. I learned so much about myself and the people I met and the relationships made, has a huge impact in my life today. I am so thankful for UMBC for giving me the opportunity to make the best of my college years here and the people I met. Everyone I met here played a part on who I am today as a graduate of UMBC. I am proud to say that I am UMBC alumni and others can share the same amazing experience I had at UMBC.
What would you say to a prospective student?
GET INVOLVED! UMBC provides so many organizations and clubs, social and academic, you can definitely find your place! Not only get involved socially, but academically as well. There are clubs that are major based and you can work with others in your major to learn about what classes to take. There are so many opportunities to do research and work in labs. Go to the info meetings from companies visiting UMBC who looking for prospective employees. They are more than welcome to answer any questions you may have for them, and to talk to them about your plans and their plans to meet a middle ground. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be interning with them or offered a job after graduation. Not only get involved with UMBC, but get to know your professors. They are here to not only teach you but to help you throughout your college career. They can be someone you go to for help or become your mentor while you are in college. They can give you that extra boost you need to do well in class or help you out in your major. You can even be part of their research team during the school semesters or summer. Many opportunities are out there, but it is up to you to take them.
What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
Cultural Anthropology was one of the first classes and one of my favorite classes I took at UMBC. I was just a freshman transfer into UMBC and was told to take some general ed classes and Cultural Anthropology was one of them. All I knew about anthropology was it had to do something with people all over the world. I wasn’t wrong but I wasn’t correct either. This class opened my mind to a whole other side of the world I never really knew of or learned about. I loved this class because I learned so much about different cultures and what anthropologist do. My professor was an anthropologist herself and just came back from a trip. Hearing her stories about the people she met and the culture she learned about was astonishing. We got to hear stories of an actual anthropologist other than reading books in class. I loved reading the books in class too. I wasn’t really much of a reader in high school, but when I took her class, I just loved reading and learning about the subject. I even looked at other books on anthropology to read on my own time. The class had nothing to do with my major, but as a student at UMBC, having the opportunity to take classes outside of your major really opens your mind to see what else is out there. I even considered minoring in Anthropology after the class, but those plans did not follow through.
What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I hope to find a job where I want to wake up to and work for and enjoy my day. I want to find something that will help me grow in starting my career and as a person. UMBC shaped me into who I am today and I hope to take what I learned at my time at UMBC and apply it to where my life and career takes me.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I’m really happy I chose to go to UMBC. Looking back at my time here, I made so many friends and met so many great people that I would never in a million years think we would be the best of friends. My professors were wonderful; they made my learning experience than I would thought of. They were there to help me when I didn’t understand something in class. My classmates were a big help too; creating study groups was a huge help for quizzes, exams, and projects. My classes involved a lot of group projects; gives you a hint on what the real world will be like. You will work with people you like and dislike but in the end, it depends if you can get the job done and present it clearly to the audience. I’ve learned a lot about myself, what I like and dislike. I wouldn’t change my college experience than what is was. I want to say a big thank you to CWIT and Cyber Scholars for having an affiliates program! I am so happy I went to the speaker and company events and workshops. I learned a lot from companies hands-on, on what they look for in potential employees and what we can do as students to improve ourselves as we go through school to see what we want to do in our careers. At first I was scared to go to a company visit because I didn’t know exactly how to approach a company to learn more about what they do and what they look for in their applicants. It was a learning experience I couldn’t get in a classroom. There are professors and the career center to help you in the job search, but actually speaking with a company themselves is a learning experience on its own. You get to talk to them one-on-one about any questions or concerns you had and they can answer you right there. There were some cyber workshops as well where I can see what the company actually does. I thought that was really cool and a fun experience. I had some minor programming experience but the company who does the hands-on workshop were there to help us step by step, making sure we understand what we were doing. The workshop gave me the confidence I needed in the skills I learned in class, and apply it to real-world work.