What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
While I knew UMD to have a strong engineering program, I ultimately decided to attend once I realized what made the A. James Clark school so successful. Hearing about separate career fairs and career services built specifically for students in the Clark school, it was apparent that UMD took really good care of its engineers.
I also found that UMD was very diverse for one of the top public engineering schools in the nation. Having lived in the DC & Maryland area, I was relieved to hear that the diversity I have lived around would not be lost on campus.
Best Experience with a Class or Project
My group and I for the ENES100 final project really ran with things as we designed an intricate Rube-Goldberg designed after the "city of the future", complete with clean water and solar power.
Favorite Class In Major
ENES102: Mechanics I
Favorite Class Out of Major
JOUR282: Beyond Facebook: How Social Media are Transforming Society, Culture, Business and Politics
Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Media, Self, and Society - College Park Scholars
Scholars Advisory Board
Scholars Peer Mentor
Favorite On-Campus Event
Even though I only attended as a peer mentor, Service Day for College Park Scholars is a tremendous event. Seeing the Scholars community really get together and bond for the first time was a really cool thing, and giving back to the community is always good. UMD football and basketball games are also great!
Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
While I am still searching for research opportunities, this summer I had the chance to work with a community group, that I am a part of, to develop engineering technology to benefit farmers of marginalized backgrounds in Southern Maryland. While I had previously learned about topics like environmental justice, it was fascinating to do background research about how African American's relationship with agriculture has been stigmatized and soured over the years.
Cool Engineering Experience
ENES102 was the first class I took where I really got to see how physics could be applied in a real world context. Analyzing truss systems and other static structures was a really eye-opening and fun experience.