I found out about the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) during my second year at Montgomery College (MC). I was in a Political Science and History class, when a professor from UMBC at USG came to one of my classes and spoke about the programs and benefits available to students at USG. She impressed me with the way she spoke about her passion for her specialty, and how she held her students in such high regard.
Through visiting the campus and talking with the faculty, staff, and students at USG, I knew UMBC at USG would be the best choice for me when I transferred.
When choosing a four-year institution, it was critical for me to find a school with small class sizes, professors who were eager and readily available to their students, high education standards, and a diverse, engaging community. USG also has a prime location for students studying Politics and History, as it is in close proximity to many internships and opportunities within the field. Attending UMBC at USG was much more financially feasible by allowing me to have an easy commute to and from my home. Finally, USG has a very flexible schedule of classes for all students, allowing me to continue working as I complete my degree.
UMBC at USG has a multitude of extracurricular activities and internship connections that help students prepare for their future careers. I have received leadership training by being a part of UMBC’s Peer Advisory Team (PAT), which works with prospective and incoming students to ensure a smooth transition during the transfer process.
I am also the President of the Political Science Student Organization as well as a member of the weekly political and current events discussion group, affectionately known as “Wednesday Wipeout.” We have established a working relationship with the Montgomery County Commission for Women.
I have received recognition for my academic accomplishments by joining Tau Sigma, a National Transfer Honor society. I intern for the United States Food and Drug Administration part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer months.
After graduation, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in law or public policy. My ultimate goal is to serve the public through politics and policy work, either domestically or even one day internationally! USG has given me the tools to engage in public service and fight for the greater good.