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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Christina Bartko

Briana So-Demps
Major: Pre-Dental Hygiene
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Where did you go to high school?
Quince Orchard High School.

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
UMBC was actually my last choice. I only decided to go to UMBC because I need to stay close to home for family reasons.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
While filling out the housing application at the beginning of my freshman year, I saw the option to join a LLC. I read through all of the descriptions and chose the Discovery LLC.

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
I did not think I would fit into any of the other LLCs and I was not sure if I should declare a major, so I picked the Discovery LLC.

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
Nope, I did not know any one at all. I have become friends with practically everyone and we are all like a family. Not having any siblings makes everyone feel like my like my new brothers and sisters.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
Being able to spend time with my LLC and floor mates during the weekend is really exciting to me. I truly enjoy just staying up late and hanging out in each other’s rooms.

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
My favorite part of being in this LLC is being able to go to the FYS, FYE, and other classes with everyone.

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
The LLC made it easier to make new friends, to explore my interests, and build a network.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
I would defiantly recommend the Discovery LLC to a new student, especially if they are nervous about meeting new people and deciding on a major. Being surrounded by peers who are in the “discovery” phase too can make the high school to college transition easier.

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…
• I like to play Final Fantasy.
• I volunteer with the Shriver Center at BARCS.
• I am a member of CAB.
• I have two small dogs and a black cat.