Your Student Writers: Anna & Brittan

Welcome to 2016! This semester, we’ll have two student bloggers sharing their stories of life on (and off!) campus. Without further ado, here they are: Anna and Brittan…

annaBefore I begin launching into my posts about events and orgs, let me first take a quick moment to introduce myself. I’m Anna, and this semester is my final semester in undergrad (which yes, is terrifying, but simultaneously amazing). I’ve finished up my psychology major and writing minor, and am currently taking my last English class to complete my English major on the Communication and Technology track. I’m also a Humanities Scholar and a member of the Honors College, as well as the Head Copy-Editor for Bartleby, the creative arts journal that exclusively publishes UMBC student work. Last semester I was in Ireland studying, and got the FANTASTIC opportunity to travel around Europe, as well to spend Christmas in South Korea. I can’t wait to share some of these experiences with you this semester!

My main focus is answering your questions (that I know you have): what happens outside of class? What do you do on campus besides work? What’s so cool about UMBC? You’re going to college to study, sure, but studying isn’t all you’ll be doing, or should be doing. Over the course of the semester I’m going to be blogging about my experiences attending various events on campus. I’m also preparing a series of blogs called LIFE: Living Involved, Finding Engagement. This series will highlight just some of the student organizations that you can be a part of here. In other words, I am going to give you first-hand accounts of college—minus the boring parts.

This school has so much to offer; I never would have thought I’d be here, senior year, a world-traveler, with a job set up for post-grad, and getting paid to write a blog. And yet, here I am! My point is that UMBC provides a lot of opportunities—you just have to learn to open yourself up to them: like ways to get involved. That’s where my blog comes into play. I hope you keep up with my future posts, and at least give me a few moments of your day to SHOW you—because telling you is boring for both of us—what UMBC is actually like.

Welcome!

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Hi, I’m Brittan, and before I get into what has made my college experience so memorable let me tell you a little about me. I came into UMBC wanting to be a math teacher. Decided, after a year, that Math wasn’t my calling. I had known my love of English for a long time but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be an English teacher (teaching was really what I had been studying to be since high school). The nice thing about this school is that they make it very easy for you to switch majors and catch up in your new major so that you graduate on time. You’ll know you’ve found the major you belong in when you actually start to look forward to going to your classes. Everyone is different; maybe you’ll come into college, take off running, and there will be no adjustment period for you. But if you do need time to figure out your path, UMBC lets you do that.

I want to show you, with these blogs, what makes UMBC so special to me. I want to show you the kinds of things I first gushed about my freshman year when anyone from home asked me how college was going. Now in my junior year, I look back at how close I was to attending another university and count my blessings that I chose here. The friends I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had are irreplaceable. Thanks for reading; I’m so excited to share UMBC with you.