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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Bianca Varela

Bianca Varela

Major: Psychology with a minor in Biology

Where did you go to high school?
North Point High School, in Waldorf MD

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
I decided to attend UMBC the moment I came to visit on Scholar’s Day – I fell in love with how cozy the campus was, and how nice everyone seemed to be. It just seemed like such a positive environment compared to the other campuses I visited.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
I was signing up for housing, and saw that we could sign up for LLCs, so I researched each one and saw DS to be the perfect fit!

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
All through high school, and even in college now, I was never sure what exactly I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and I liked the fact that there was an actual program on campus that could help me explore all my options – so, I decided to join!

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
No, I didn’t know anyone entering the program, but I quickly made friends – we all practically live with each other now!

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
The most interesting thing that has happened to me during my first year definitely has to be exploring Baltimore with my floormates, getting lost on the MTA bus system, and trying to find our way home before midnight!

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
The people – I’ve made friends that I think I’ll keep for years!

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
The advising sessions with Laila have really helped me gain a footing on the person I want to become in college. Without her help, I don’t think I would’ve had as much of a positive experience my first year than I am now.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
Yes, yes and yes! This program has exposed me to new experiences, new friends, and a new outlook of my own life that I will definitely cherish for the rest of my college years! All incoming freshman should absolutely apply! :D

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?
I’m Bianca, and I was born and raised in Waldorf, Maryland. I am a self proclaimed plant enthusiast (even after the unfortunate incident in which I left all my plants at home for a week, and they all died due to neglect) and hater of monopoly (which Josh makes me play). I play guitar and piano, write a fair amount, and I am a professed bookworm. On campus, I am the treasurer of the French Club, and I am currently taking German. On my spare time, I like to watch foreign films and buy energy drinks from Outtakes.