Reflecting on My Journey at USG

For my last blog post this semester, I thought it’d be a good idea to talk about the past year I’ve spent at USG. Even though USG has been around even before I was born, I hadn’t heard about it until I was getting ready to leave high school. This was back in 2019, and I was introduced to it through a program I was in at school: the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program. I also got to visit the campus for a few days during an ACES summer event the summer before my senior year. At the time, I had my sights set on other colleges, so I really wasn’t considering the MC/USG pathway.  

Source: Maryland Matters

However, things don’t usually go as planned, and I started the journey towards my associate degree at MC in the Fall of 2020. I’d always heard it was never too early to start your transfer plan. That’s when I discovered that there was a new undergraduate program added at USG: a degree in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity track, offered by UMBC. It just seemed like it was meant to be, and I decided that I wanted to transfer there.

I graduated from MC in the Fall of 2021, and I finally got to start attending classes here this January.  It was nerve-wracking to start classes at a new school, especially in the Spring as that was a first for me. It was also a little daunting to be on a campus that offers as many programs as USG. But the small class sizes and kind professors quickly reminded me of why I chose to go here. And on top of that, the facilities and buildings here are full of great resources. Specifically, the new BSE building, which is where I spend most of my time on campus. 

Source: Greenroofs.com

It’s nice to look back at the past and see how everything worked out as I wanted to, if not even better. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities because I transferred here, and I can’t wait to see what USG has to offer in the next year. It’s so crazy to think that by this time next year, I’ll be finishing my last semester here. 

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