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Moon Skillin

“UMBC has exceeded my expectations time and time again by doing their best to accommodate queer students and by creating an environment where discrimination is not tolerated.”

Major: Computer Engineering (Honors Certificate)

Hometown: Port Orchard, WA

Campus Activities:
Student Assistant for AOK Library Circulation, Garden Club Member, Sign of Life Club Member, Retriever Poets Club Member

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that it feels like anything is possible at UMBC. Going into the STEM field as an enby was very daunting, but UMBC has exceeded my expectations time and time again by doing their best to accommodate queer students and by creating an environment where discrimination is not tolerated. Ultimately, I love that UMBC sees me as a whole person, and strives to level the playing field and let anyone go after the opportunities they want to pursue.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class so far at UMBC has been CMPE 212, Intro to Digital Design. I really enjoyed learning about the nitty gritty of computers and logical machines, and that course took me from knowing next to nothing about that to being relatively literate at the transistor level with modern computer logic processes. It also introduced me to hands-on circuit building and analysis, which was amazing!

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I hope to be able to continue on in graduate school (at UMBC or elsewhere) for a master’s or doctorate degree that will let me research simplifying, improving, and popularizing various sources of renewable energy.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I’m a freshman in the PCMP track, and I’ll have finished the gateway by the end of this semester. I’m also looking into pursuing a double degree pathway concurrently with a degree in environmental science or something similar.

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