About the Honors College
Alexandra Feggins Class of 2020
Major: Electrical Engineering
Honors College living-learning program: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES)
Hometown: Laurel, MD
A few of my activities: TerpThon, Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), Primannum Honor Society, and Honors Ambassadors
What I enjoy most about my living-learning program: What I enjoy the most about ACES is the close-knit community on a large campus with other students that share similar interests and ambitions. I also gain access to networking events with employers and professional development opportunities that set me apart from other students. This program’s exclusive curriculum enriches my knowledge with real world experience and prepares me for my future career in cybersecurity.
Advice for prospective students about choosing a university or college: I would focus on five main factors: major, size, location, campus feel, and cost. Make sure the university has a strong program for your major and a good support system for your classes and finding job opportunities. Also make sure it is a best value school that has a location and size that you prefer and, most importantly, that makes you feel at home on the campus.
Jacob Veitch Class of 2018
Majors: International Business and Government and Politics
Minor: Spanish Language and Cultures
Honors College living-learning program: University Honors
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
A few of my activities: Omicron Delta Kappa, Maryland Federation of College Republicans, Maryland Images, UMD Student Government Association, Smith School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Business Honors Program, Honors College Student Programming Council
What I enjoy most about my living-learning program: What I enjoy most about the University Honors program is that it offers students incredible flexibility. Ever since coming to campus, I have been able to chart my own course, taking those courses that most interest me without being locked down to one topic area.
Advice for prospective students about choosing a university or college: When choosing a university, make sure that you can picture yourself on the campus you choose. Four years ago, I took a tour of the University of Maryland campus and knew almost immediately that it was the place for me. Find an institution that leaves you feeling that way and you will no doubt have an incredibly enjoyable college experience!
Jessica Yau Class of 2018
Honors College living-learning program: Gemstone
Hometown: Potomac, MD
A few of my activities: Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Biomedical Engineering Society, Undergraduate researcher in the Jewell lab, Make a Wish, Bioengineering Honors Program, BIOE 120 Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, and Honors Ambassadors
What I enjoy most about my living-learning program: I love the close-knit community; it gives you a sense of a second home. All the staff from the Honors College to my living-learning program are always here to support or help us in any way. Gemstone provides additional resources for you to advance in your profession or explore your career options by giving you the opportunity to publish papers, present at conferences, and apply for patents.
Advice for prospective students about choosing a university or college: Choose a university that will support what you want to do, allow you to grow, and open you to new experiences. Talk to faculty and students to learn about the culture, the opportunities, and the focus of the university that you are interested in. And, always stay in touch with the connections you make when you visit different universities—you never know when that can come in handy.