As a first generation college student, I wanted nothing more than to make my parents proud by studying hard and finding my own path. Following high school I attended Frederick Community College (FCC) where at first, I had no idea what I had wanted to do. I went back and forth between different majors, until I stumbled upon an introductory accounting course. The professor was so passionate about the subject, that I found myself going along with his enthusiasm, taking more and more courses in business until I realized I had earned enough credits for an associate’s degree.
At that point I knew that I would major in accounting, and found about the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The College Park campus was incredible, every bit of space so busy that I felt like I was in a miniature city! It was a fantastic experience, but as the days went on, I felt out of place and overwhelmed.
Luckily, when I was still at FCC, I had heard about the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) form an advisor. I decided to visit, and fell in love with the campus. USG offered the same exact accounting degree program from UMCP’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. I really liked the smaller campus and that it radiated a sense of community. It felt like it was fate. I love this campus. I enjoy walking around, seeing familiar faces, and making long-lasting friendships with my classmates. USG is unique in that aspect; it really fosters a sense of family between the students and staff so that we can all succeed.
When I first transferred to USG, I started reading the student blog posts to know what the campus had to offer and how to get involved. The blog posts were so helpful that I decided I wanted to do the same. So now, I am also a blogger for the student blog, Around the Grove. I am able to share my experiences here at USG and hopefully help prospective students learn about USG.
I am working hard in my classes and applying for internships. The Robert H. Smith School is incredible at transitioning students from internships to full-time jobs, and it is my career goal to become a CPA in the state of Maryland following graduation. I hope to become successful and make my parents, as well as the professors I have met here on campus proud. I have received so much support and encouragement throughout my life, and it is now my turn to give back to the community that has given so much.