Today, on a beautiful Saturday morning, MERIT’s Senior Scholars went off campus for a college tour of UMBC. Follow our day, as we tour the campus and learn all about the phenomenal Meyerhoff Scholars Program!
10:45 AM: Senior scholars travel together via shuttle to the UMBC campus and grab a quick bite to eat at The Commons. The Scholars observed the many resources available including a bookstore, lounge spaces, and meetings rooms in the beautiful building. We even had a view of the outdoor pool from the second floor!
11 AM: We met five students (including a former MERIT mentor!), all Meyerhoff Scholars, who served as tour guides for the day. After introductions, Scholars began asking questions about student life and the college application process. Sophomore, Da’Kuawn, gave Scholars advice on making applications stand out. One point that especially resonated with Amanda was to request interviews at the colleges she’s especially interested in attending. When Da’Kuawn was a senior in high school, he personally requested interviews at all the schools he applied! Nicola and Chikaodi were curious about the workload, especially as science majors, but Da’Kuawn and fellow sophomore, Kamsi assured the Scholars that UMBC provides an incredibly supportive community, where students encourage collaboration and want everyone to succeed together.
11:45 AM: Our first stop on the tour was the Kuhn Library. Scholars gathered around the tour guides to ask questions about effective study habits and campus resources. UMBC sophomore, Sean, pointed out the writing center which helps students write strong essays for class and even personal statements for internships and jobs.
12 PM: Da’Kuawn led us to the science buildings and many of the tour guides, like Devona, pointed out the lab where she conducts biophysics research. In fact, all of the tour guides are involved in some field of STEM research on campus!
12:15 PM: During a quick break underneath the shade, the guides shared more about the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Blossom explained that Meyerhoff is different from any other scholarship program, because it doesn’t just give students a financial aid package, but it fosters a comprehensive support system comprised of students, advisors, and professors.
12:45 PM: Scholars stepped inside the rec center to get a quick peek at the indoor gym and the outdoor swimming pool! Then, at a final Q+A session, Maxwell asked Sean about the student life on campus and was pleased to hear about the 200+ student organizations on campus. Scholars were especially intrigued about the Humans vs. Zombies club that’s known to get a little rowdy during Halloween. Mr. Gadwal, a UMBC alumni, shared his experience as a treasurer on SEB (Student Events Board) and recalled the comedy events the club hosted and overall how much he enjoyed meeting new people through the club. The Scholars thanked the tour guides for a wonderful day and hopped on the shuttle to head home.