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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Christina Bartko

Matt Taylor
Major: English
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Where did you go to high school?
Leonardtown High School & Eureka High School

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
My sister who also attends UMBC suggested I come out here and I didn’t really take her seriously. But then I started to really check out the campus and academics and decided it was a really good fit for me.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
In my applications for UMBC and just doing research on the school.

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
It seemed like the best fit for someone who doesn’t really know what they want to do with their life!

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
I didn’t know virtually anybody coming to UMBC but I’ve made a ton of friends this year.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
It’s hard to pin down one particular thing, probably going out with friends to certain concerts in nearby areas.

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
The sense of community.

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
It helped me with motivation and keeping a clear head.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
Absolutely, it certainly helps if you need some direction.

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…
I’ve lived all over the place. California to Maryland, Japan & Hawaii. I love playing and listening to new music, I also like to write it. Among music, I love writing creatively. I love the outdoors, I’m always down to go hiking or camping. I’m also always down to go to a concert or show, if I have the money!