Jennifer L.

Grit Guide at University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Class of 2021

Hometown: Bel Air, MD

Major: Political Science

Concentration: Development & Environment

Secondary Major: Global Studies

Minor: Geography

How has UMBC helped you grow?

UMBC makes it a point to build self-reliant individuals. Students here are always charting their own path when it comes to campus organizations, internships, and on-campus jobs. The spirit is contagious, and I think that it has rubbed off on me.

What makes UMBC home?

UMBC's community is one where it is "cool" to be smart. I feel super comfortable around this type of crowd and enjoy the fact that people here are motivated about succeeding in the classroom and beyond.

I chose UMBC because...

The Scholars Programs here are unmatched. Acceptance as a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar allowed me to join a community of motivated peers, gain access to new career resources and networks, and receive generous financial support.

During my first semester, I wish I would have known...

the RAC (Retriever Activity Center) fitness classes are ACTUALLY fun. And there's no pressure. Seriously. Just go.

I'm passionate about...

Science Communications Environmental Policy

I'm involved with...

On-campus research Internships Career Center Student Employee Shriver Center Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program Honors College
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