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Lydia M.

Grit Guide at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

She/her/hers

Class of 2022

Hometown: Eldersburg, MD

Major: Biology

Concentration: Marine Biology

Secondary Major: Individualized Studies (INDS)


My advice to prospective students...

is to try new things!! You don't really know if you'll like something until you experience it. Plus it's better to take the risk and maybe find a new passion or meet new friends.

Fun Fact

I want to study sharks and they're one of my favorite animals, but if I could be any animal then I'd be an otter!

Favorite Class or Professor and Why

Dr. Freeland! He's my Individualized Studies (INDS) advisor and is someone who really understands where I want to go and pushes me to get there and beyond, but creatively and in my own way.

I chose UMBC because...

of our strong reputation as a STEM and research university. When I was looking for schools, I knew I wanted to either do research or become a doctor and a school with a reputation like UMBC's was a natural choice. Also, I'm a middle child and my parents liked the cost after in-state tuition since they have two other out of state tuitions to pay.

I'm passionate about...

Biology STEM Marine Biology Food sharks Vegetarian Exercise Rowing Nature Being Outdoors Animals

I'm involved with...

Honors College Student Alumni Association Rowing
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