KimHi! My name is Kim Casimbon and I am currently in my last year in the Master of Education in Human Development program with the University of Maryland, College Park at the Universities at Shady Grove campus (USG). I was born in the Philippines and migrated to the United States when I was 10-years-old. I lived in Washington DC until 2005 and moved to Maryland when I was 14-year-old. I graduated from Richard Montgomery High School and went straight to Montgomery College (MC) after graduation.

As a first generation college student, I struggled to navigate college. However, I was fortunate to have met an MC professor who taught me about USG and the transfer process. When I found out that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) offered a psychology program, I immediately started planning the courses that I needed to take in order to graduate with my Associates degree and meet UMBC’s admissions requirements.

In 2012, I was admitted to the program, which was truly a life-changing event for me. During my time at USG, I met some wonderful individuals who made a significant impact in my life. I also had the opportunity to be selected as one of the Kendall Scholars, which was (and still is) a huge honor. As an undergrad, I was involved in the Student Council as the Chair of Events and Initiatives, a member of the UMBC Peer Advisory Team, Vice President of the Psychology Student Association, and a Student Orientation Leader. I also worked at the Center for Academic Success (CAS) even while I was attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins University. After I graduated with my first master’s degree, I continued to work at CAS until I was hired to work for Towson University at USG. Obtaining this employment was a blessing because it provided me with the opportunity to give back to the USG community.

As a graduate student, I am still active in the campus. I am currently a member of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) as the Institutional Representative for Towson University and UMCP Human Development program and Chair of Communications and Outreach. As a UMBC and USG alumnus and current graduate student, I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and words of wisdom that may help you during your time at USG.

Fun Fact: I take kickboxing classes in place of going to a traditional gym.