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Valerie Z.

Tour Guides and Grit Guide at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

She/her/hers

Class of 2026

Hometown: Frostburg, MD

Major: Biological Sciences


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

About all the amazing resources UMBC had to offer (especially the resume help I can get at the Career Center)

My most memorable UMBC experience was...

Playing Dungeons and Dragons in my dorm room with a group of my friends!

How has UMBC helped you grow?

UMBC has helped me grow into my own person, allowing me to expand my personality and experience new people! The community that UMBC creates for each student allowed me to flourish socially!

My advice to prospective students...

It isn't easy to go somewhere unfamiliar and being anxious/nervous is totally okay! Just know that everything will end up okay and try to keep an open and positive mind: it helps a lot!

I'm passionate about...

Art (drawing/painting) Photography Clarinet Piano Academics

I'm involved with...

Environmental Task Force Club Ice Hockey Club Volleyball
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