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April Berardi

April Berardi
Major: Modern Language and Linguistics
Minor: Psychology


Where did you go to high school?
Montgomery Blair High school

Why I decided to attend UMBC:
I decided towards the end of my senior year in high school. I wanted a school that was fairly local and affordable. I chose UMBC because it offered the major I was interested. Also I wanted to continue with the languages I had taken in the past and UMBC offered both Arabic and Japanese. This school has a moderately small campus which I liked and a diverse student body.

How I heard about CSI:
In high school, when a new school year began, my first quarter grades were always lower than the rest of the year. This was because I needed an adjusted period. My mom was the one that told me about CSI and I thought it would help me a lot to get a head start on meeting people and getting to know the campus.

Why I wanted to be a Peer Mentor:
I attended CSI last summer and loved it. I wanted to help others with the same experience.

Most interesting thing:
I joined the Student Event Board spring semester of 2013. I get to go to all the events for free and even get to meet the performers. At his comedy show, I got Kenan Thompson’s autograph.

Favorite part of CSI:
My favorite part was making a group of friends who still hang out and keep in touch. Meeting people was one of the things I worried about most with coming to college and CSI helped with that. Also, the trips were pretty awesome. We went to Six Flags, Baltimore Aquarium, and on service trips.

Absolutely! If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have come back as a Peer Mentor. You get to know the campus, make friends, and get a class out of the way so you come in fall semester with a few credits.

Fun Facts:

  • I turned 18 on 11/11/11
  • I have three adorable dogs (Vinnie, Rocko, and Bella)
  • I have an obsession with hair accessories
  • And I LOVE sushi

For more Information, Please Contact:

Laila Shishineh

Program Coordinator

Administration Bldg. Rm. 905 | (410) 455-3737