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Ashley Schantz

Jordan Smith, NODA Graduate Intern
Undergrad Major: Government and Political Affairs from Millersville University
Grad Program: Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University

Why did you want to be one of the Graduate Interns for the CSI Program?
I wanted to be a Graduate Intern with the CSI program because I wanted a unique experience. The CSI program allows students to transition to college earlier and helps students be more successful while at UMBC. Being apart of this experience for students is extremely rewarding. I am passionate about the first-year experience and ensuring students are successful in-and-outside of the classroom during their first year of college.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your own experience in college (be appropriate)?
The most interesting experience during my college experience was attending the Conference of Student Government Associations (COSGA) in College Station, Texas at Texas A&M University. It was a great experience because I got to travel to Texas as a delegate of Millersville University and meet with student governments across the United States. During the conference, I was able to network with other student governments and learn about what their organizations did to better help their student populations. Our delegation attending the conference was able to take ideas and implement those ideas at our university. We also were able to help other student governments in the same capacity.

What do you think will be your favorite part of the CSI Program this summer?
My favorite part about being apart of the CSI program is definitely creating relationships with the students. I am so excited to get to know each student, be a resource to students, and help them through their transition to college. Even though I will leave in August, I will always be a resource for students.

Would you recommend CSI to new UMBC students? Why or why not?
Absolutely! The CSI programs provides students the opportunity to come to campus early, get ahead on a few courses, and learn the Baltimore area more. In addition, students will be able to form friendships with other participants in the program that will last throughout their college years!

How did you hear about the Collegiate Success Institute (CSI) Summer Program?
Through the NODA Internship Program is where I learned of the CSI Program.

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?

  • I am a first-generation college student
  • I was born and raised in Pennsylvania (Central PA, where if you blink, you’ll miss the town!)
  • My favorite baseball team is the Philadelphia Phillies
  • My graduating high school class only had 90 students
  • I was fortunate enough to speak at my Undergraduate Commencement
  • One of my goals is to visit every state capitol in the country


For more Information, Please Contact:

Laila Shishineh

Assistant Director

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