Everyone has programs with their home life. I’m no different in that. My home life is a mess right now. The support that I was receiving my entire life at home has now been cut in half.
I don’t think I would be doing as well as I am physically, emotionally, and academically if it wasn’t for my UMBC family, especially since things are so hard at home.
That’s why I love UMBC. It’s a community where you can go up to someone you’ve never met, introduce yourself, and make friends. It’s a community where people help each other.
I know that if I needed to, I could go to Delana Gregg in the Honors College and cry in her office if I needed to. I’m not even a member of the Honors College! I know that I could go to Nancy Young, the Vice President of Student Life, and get some advice.
I know that I could go to many of my professors and tell them that I’m struggling and see what I could do to improve. I know that I could swing by the Shriver Center, Residential Life, Student Life, the Counseling Center, Undergraduate Education, Undergraduate Admissions, anywhere, and get help. Staff and faculty at UMBC want to help others.
Even students want to help each other. I work on a staff of 13 at Susquehanna Hall and when I got the flu this semester, my 1am to 4am, and my 4am to 6am shifts were covered in less than 3 minutes.
I am so grateful to have a home away from home. I’m so grateful to have found a community that supports each other. I really do love UMBC.