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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Ji-Sung Kwon

Ji-Sung Kwon

Major: Biological Sciences (with possible minors in Korean and Chemistry)


Where did you go to high school?
River Hill High School (Go Hawks!) in Howard County, Maryland.

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
To be honest, I was not sure which school I wanted to attend until the last minute. However, after hearing a lot of people saying that UMBC has good science programs and offers relatively small classes, I finally decided to attend UMBC.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
I had been interested in living on one of the LLC floors. So, when I was getting more information about the LLC programs on the ResLife’s webpage, I found out about the Discovery Scholars LLC.

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
Because I was not sure – and still am not sure – what I really want to do with my life, I thought that getting involved with DS LLC and living on the same floor with a variety of people would help me find what I want to do after college and later, and I’m very glad that I decided to participate.

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
Absolutely no, I didn’t know anyone else in the program. I still remember how awkward we were when we all met for the first time for our first floor meeting on the first day we moved in. However, as my first semester at UMBC progressed, I started to hang out with the people on the floor, and then we became friends!

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
Hmm, it’s really hard to choose; so many interesting things have happened this year. Since I got involved with many student organizations at UMBC, I’ve had a lot of chances to interact with other people and attend some great events. But if I really had to choose one, I would say that joining the Student Events Board (SEB) was the most interesting thing that happened during my first year here. As a committee member of SEB, I got to design flyers for some of the on-campus events and volunteer at some fun events.

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
LAILA AND JILL – our lovely Discovery Scholars advisors! They have been a huge help since the beginning of my first year here; their advices helped me greatly with my academic life and social life as well.

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
As I said in the previous question, advices from our DS LLC advisors really helped me in many ways, and the bi-monthly lunch meetings were helpful too. I got a lot of information about service-learning opportunities and many more other stuff through DS LLC.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
Oh yes. Why wouldn’t I? JOIN US!!

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?
I’m Biological Sciences major, but I love art more than science/biology. I moved from South Korea to the United States about 6 years ago. When I first moved here, I couldn’t speak English at all, but I learned English by watching SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairy OddParents, and pretty much everything aired on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.