Hello! My name is Martin Garcia, and I am a student in the University of Baltimore’s (UB) Simulation and Game Design program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). I first heard about USG from my Computer Gaming and Simulation professor at Montgomery College (MC). She explained to our class one day, that instead of taking classes on UB’s main campus, there was an option to study the same major offered by UB, in Rockville, Maryland, on the USG campus.
I ultimately chose UB at USG because of the diverse campus community and the personalized services it offers to students in the areas of career advising, personal counseling, and academic coaching. By attending my program at USG, I also benefited from additional scholarship opportunities that made my tuition more affordable, and the convenient location of the campus made my commute shorter.
During my time at USG, I made a point to get involved with one of the many student clubs on the campus by joining the Game Club as a member initially, and eventually became Secretary. Our club focused on raising awareness about video games in multiple settings, for instance, LGBTQ+, Latin Americans in video games, etc. We also tried to motivate interest to non-gamers by using board games. My friends and I recently started the Digital Designers Guild (DDG) club, which is focused on helping students strive for their desired career field in the game industry by providing opportunities for them to grow.
After I earn my bachelor’s degree, I will continue to work on improving my skills and knowledge in my field so that I can become a better programmer and designer. I also plan to pursue a master’s degree in Interactive Entertainment.