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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Julia Hiep

Julia Hiep
Major: Pre-nursing


Where did you go to high school?

Atholton High School in Howard County

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

I decided I wanted to go to UMBC in April, after I attended New Student Day. I liked the size of the school and the other students I met, but after I heard Dr. Hrabowski speak and saw the all of the clubs/organizations in the RAC, I was hooked.

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

It’s great to make new friends at UMBC, so branch out and meet new people! But remember not to limit yourself to only being with college students 24/7. If you can, try to volunteer or get a job somewhere off campus with people that aren’t all the same age as you. I volunteer at my church, so I can interact with both little kids and adults. Some of these adults have given me some great advice.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?

While I was filling out my UMBC acceptance stuff online, my mommy suggested that I should apply for the floor. I still have no idea how she heard about the Discovery Scholars LLC since I hadn’t heard of it, but I’m definitely glad I listened to her!

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?

I knew I was interested in medicine or healthcare, but other than that I wasn’t sure what exactly what I wanted to do. I liked the idea of being around a bunch of people with other interests who also were undecided or not certain about their major.

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

I didn’t know anyone else in the LLC when I started, but living on the floor made it really easy to make friends. Since we’re all part of Discovery Scholars and we all had at least one class together, everyone felt connected. The floor became like a really weird (but still great) family!

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?

I took a class because I thought it was about something else, but I ended up loving it! I took a class to become an EMT (not entirely knowing what EMTs are or what they do), but when I found out, I decided to stick with it for the semester. I ended up loving what we were learning, so I took the second semester of the class as well. Now I’m volunteering as an EMT in a fire station, and I might become a fire fighter as well.

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?

Being part of Discovery Scholars made it easy for me to be friends with people who don’t necessarily share my interests, and they encouraged me to try new things and go to events that I never would have considered previously.

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?

It helped me get close to the people on my floor and make new friends with different interests than me, and I also got extra advising from Jill, which came in handy when I decided to switch my major and my spring schedule right before the spring semester started.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?


Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?

I’m part of CRU and the pep band, I’m also trying to learn guitar (shout out to Tim for teaching me and shout out to Stacey/Alyssa for dealing with me playing the same 4 chords constantly), I’m a volunteer EMT, I’m obsessed with Pintrest, and I love just about anything with chocolate.