Meet the Discovery Scholars
Major, Anthropology, minor in Spanish and Creative Writing
Where did you go to high school?
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC
When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
I wanted to go somewhere close to home, but not too close and UMBC ended up being on the list of my top three schools. Originally it was my sister’s top choice and after hearing her talk about it so much I looked into it. When we came to visit I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere, plus the fact that it’s so close to Baltimore. Even after my sister ended up going to another school in Baltimore, but I decided to stick with UMBC because I loved the campus and area so much and it also allowed me to be closer to her and not too far away from home.
How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
I saw it in my housing application, I originally applied for another LLC but in the end the Discovery Scholars turned out to be the best option.
Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
I had heard that being a part of an LLC made the transition to college easier and DS seemed like the best place for me.
Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
No, I didn’t know anyone when I first started. But after just a few months in the program I’ve made some really great friends and we get along so great, it feels like we’ve known each other for years.
What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
Our weekly Glee Nights, in which we all gather in Yinka and Bianca’s room and watch three straight hours of TV, including Glee and two other sitcoms. In addition, we have weekly movie nights where we take a break from homework and studying to slack off and watch old movies.
What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
The free massages and lunches during meetings, being exposed to new and fun opportunities and getting to know Laila of course!
In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
It helped me branch out and do things that I probably never would have done on my own and the advisors are extremely helpful and reliable. They are always there when you need them and are willing to help you with any problems you might be having with scheduling, classes, and other advisers, etc.
Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
I would definitely recommend it to other UMBC students. It’s a great place to make new friends and have lots of fun, and the advisors and monthly meetings are extremely helpful!
Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?
I am a die-hard Gleek and a nerd. I enjoy reading novels and writing my own short stories and occasionally poetry. I have a weird obsession with Selena Gomez (don’t ask me why because I honestly don’t know either). I enjoy messing with Josh's hair and randomly dancing on tables. Also, I like playing twisted versions of Monopoly in which the Wonder Twins and Soviet Australia are allowed and Joshua Franklin loses everything. My favorite color is purple, I love listening to music and watching movies (and Glee), and I love being outside, but only when the weather is warm.