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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Alonté Cross

Alonté CrossSigma Alpha Lambda logo
Major: Media and Communication Studies


Where did you go to high school?

Crossland High School, Temple Hills, MD

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?

I transferred to UMBC from Regent University in Fall 2012 because of its reputation for being great, the campus size and the in-state tuition rate, of course.

Share one tip you wish you had known before you started your first year at UMBC?

There is not enough time in the day to do everything you want/can! It is so easy to get involved at UMBC and the options are vast. College is a multi-year process so my tip would be to know that you don’t have to do everything all at once.

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?

As a Resident Assistant, I am most interested in working with a first-year population. My resources and experience on campus are what make me most valuable to students on the DS floor, knowing that, I decided to become involved.

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?

Although I didn’t participate in the program, my first year at UMBC I did live in Patapsco Hall and met some great people that were in the Discovery Scholars program. We are great friends today!

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?

The DS LLC provides students with a unique on-campus experience that coupled with standard communal practices in the residence halls would give students the ultimate experience. I would definitely recommend it!

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?

I am currently the Lead Resident Assistant in Patapsco Hall and President ​of the UMBC Chapter of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a Leadership and Honors Organization. I enjoy music, blogging, photography and social media.