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Laraib Balam

“If you’re looking to challenge yourself at a well rounded diverse campus, UMBC is it. It won’t be easy but I can assure you these next four years will be the best years of your life.”

 

Major: Business Technology Administration
Major: Dance

Hometown: Laurel, MD

Campus Activities: UMBC National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), UMBC ADAA (Dance), UMBC Pakastani Student Association (PAKSA), UMBC South Asian Student Association (SASA)

Why did you choose UMBC?
The main reason I chose UMBC was because I fell in love with the IS and Dance program. I didn’t think college would let me mix two of my passions but UMBC proved me wrong. The community is also extremely diverse and the environment is very peaceful. Everyone at UMBC is focused, smart, and hard working which creates good competition and I’m the type of person to thrive off friendly competition. Apart from the studious side, UMBC offers a variety of fun activities too which makes campus life balanced. UMBC was the whole package.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that students are offered so many opportunities and pushed to integrate with programs outside of their majors. I love that we are so diverse as a campus and we continue to highlight different cultures. I also love that everyone around me is so motivated, it challenges me to be better. I appreciate how hard my classes are because they really do prepare me to be the best and now I understand why UMBC is an honors university.

What would you say to a prospective student?
If you’re looking to challenge yourself at a well rounded diverse campus, UMBC is it. It won’t be easy but I can assure you these next four years will be the best years of your life.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
Since I am a double major, I think it’s fair I get to pick two favorite classes from each major instead of just one. For IS, my favorite class so far is a class I’m taking currently, IS 300 taught by Hasan Shuja. For dance, my favorite class is Dance 310, taught by Brandon Burnett.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I hope to pursue a masters degree and apply for a federal job.

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