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Q: What do/did you enjoy most about being a part of the UMBC community?
I enjoyed the close sense of community. Everyone knew everyone and looked out for each others’ well-being. I remember celebrating birthdays and also coming together to help classmates through difficult times as well (personal/family challenges).
Q: UMBC is approaching its 50th anniversary (2016) and certainly the campus has come a long way – from a small commuter school to the nation’s #1 “up-and-coming” university – in such a relatively short period of time. What, in your opinion, makes UMBC so unique/special? What’s your most memorable experience/moment at UMBC?
I think what’s special about UMBC is we provide a place for ordinary, everyday people who are passionate about their interests and willing to work hard to become extraordinary!
Q: If you could meet one person in the world who would it be and why?
Oprah Winfrey. I think she is an amazing person who has positively impacted so many lives through her work in television and media. She is a deeply spiritual person who (unapologetically) works to ensure her that her spiritual self and her professional self are in alignment. I strive for that in my day to day work.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?
Whatever follows “I am” will come looking for you!
Q: What is one book you think everyone should read?
Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman. This book is great no matter where you are in your relationship – whether you are just getting started in a new relationship or celebrating 50 years of marriage!
Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?