Clark Scholars Summer Program: Amaya Caggino | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
Summer Program Visit to Aquarium
My goals did not necessarily change but I do have more confidence in myself due to the fact that I feel like I have so much support from the program and the people within it.

Name: Amaya Caggino

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Can you share a description of the experience? For two weeks of the summer, all 10 of us completed workshops that prepared us for our first semester of college. We also did a lot of fun activities like going sailing, going to the aquarium, and completing an escape room.

What was the most impactful part of the experience? The most impactful part of the experience was being able to create good relationships with the people in my cohort because when you start classes, you already have people that you are familiar with and you can work together with.

What surprised you? I was surprised with how relevant and helpful the workshops were to the first few weeks of the semester especially in CHEM135.

Did you make any personal connections with your peers, industry professionals, faculty or staff? I created a good bond with all of my peers and the staff, but I created a really strong connection with two of my best friends, Amy and Kristen.

What were your major takeaways? What did you learn? I learned about all of the resources available on campus that would help me in my first semester and built connections with people that could help me whenever I needed it. I also learned that I was not alone in some of the fears and concerns I had about college, which was comforting as I started college.

Have your career or academic goals changed as a result of this experience? My goals did not necessarily change but I do have more confidence in myself due to the fact that I feel like I have so much support from the program and the people within it.

 


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