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Discovery Scholars 2018

Keara

Keara Cogan

Major: Computer Science
Sophomore
kcogan1@umbc.edu

Where did you go to high school?
Hammond High School

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
I decided to apply when I visited the campus and met great people who go here and saw how beautiful the campus is. The school was very welcoming, affordable, and close to home.

How did you hear about the Interdisciplinary Studies & Discovery Scholars Living Learning Communities (IN) DS LLC?
I saw it on my housing application and heard many great things about LLC’s from a professor at UMD.

Why did you decide to participate in the (IN)DS LLC?
I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me, being unsure about my major and nervous to start college.

Did you know anyone else in LLC when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
I did not know anyone going into the LLC but I quickly made many friends and met unique people who became a big part of my first year experience.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
I went to a drag show on campus and got to meet professional drag queens!

What was your favorite aspect of participating in the LLC?
Meeting new people and being in a supportive community that encourages growth.

In what ways did the LLC experience help you at UMBC?
The LLC helped me settle in to a new environment and it helped me form friendships with other students and create study groups.

Would you recommend LLC to other new UMBC students?
Yes!! It is a great was to adjust to your first year and learn your way around campus. The LLC is full of connections and resources that will make your first year easier.

    Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?

  • I love sewing, cosplay, anime, D&D
  • I like hiking and camping
  • I am the treasurer of the cosplay club
  • I did four years of technical theatre in high school
  • I am very clumsy
  • I love nail polish and nail art!

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth Janson

Major: Psychology
Sophomore
ejans1@umbc.edu

Where did you go to high school?
Stephen Decatur High School

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
I decided I wanted to go to UMBC when I was a senior in high school because it was the right size school for me, had a wide variety of majors (I was undecided coming in), and had a diverse campus environment.

How did you hear about the (IN)DS LLC?
I met two former discovery scholars through tours and was able to hear their experiences and decided I wanted to join the floor.

Why did you decide to participate in the (IN)DS LLC?
I decided to participate because the of the two people I met and because it was a good fit for me being that I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I also heard that people on the floor were much more involved than other.

Did you know anyone else in LLC when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
I did not know anyone coming into the program, but I was able to make lots of acquaintances and a few really good friends.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
The most interesting thing that happened was the carnival that was held on Erickson field because I was able to spend time with friends, ride all of the rides, and eat good food.

What was your favorite aspect of participating in the LLC?
My favorite aspect was probably that I was able to interact further with people on my floor than most UMBC students are able to because we had class and events together.

In what ways did the LLC experiences help you at UMBC?
The LLC experiences helped me to have many different people I could come to with questions and to have people who were actually concerned with my academic success and direction.

Would you recommend LLC to other new UMBC students?
I would recommend LLC to other new UMBC students because it is a really good way to transition from high school to college and to make new friends and become involved in the university.

    Tell us a few interesting things about yourself

  • I have six chickens at home
  • I do archery
  • I’m a vegetarian

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