My name is Mariam Yaldram but I go by Mimi. I am currently a senior majoring in History with a minor in Public History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). I am also a first-generation immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan and the 2nd person in my family to go to college and eventually get a bachelors degree. My journey from Montgomery College to UMBC at USG started in the spring of 2017.

Since the beginning, I knew I wanted to apply to UMBC and transfer to USG for several reasons. First, I had to stay in Montgomery County due to being a caregiver to my parents and to continue receiving my mental health and social services due to my disability. What also appealed to me is that the UMBC-Shady Grove program offered smaller class sizes, the convenience of commuting, additional scholarship opportunities, personal interactions with professors, and numerous leadership opportunities. As a student attending UMBC-Shady Grove, I will not only save more money while completing my bachelor’s degree, but I will have the opportunity to find connections for internships and job opportunities in Montgomery County. It is a definitely a win-win situation when you know you are saving so much money on your bachelors while enjoying the wonderful prospects that USG offers. Wouldn’t you agree?

I am also not just a student but a leader. I am truly passionate about getting involved in leadership roles and making a difference in my community. For example, at Montgomery College Germantown Campus, I was involved in various leadership positions such as Ambassador, Vice President of Student Senate, Vice-Chair of Student Council, and participated in the Renaissance Honors Program and the Study Abroad Program to Ethiopia. I am currently involved in numerous leadership opportunities at USG. My USG leadership roles include: Student Council Representative at Large for University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Student Orientation Leader, member of the Student Advisory Board, President of the History Student Association (HSA), Published Author for Mild Awareness: UMBC-Shady Grove Student Journal of History and Moderator for USG CommUNITY Book Club. I am also a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Disability Honor Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. As a part-time student, I plan on doing an internship under the public history requirement next summer and apply for the UMBC Accelerated Program as an Undergraduate to Graduate Level Courses.

An interesting personal fact about me is my passion for collecting dolls and hunting for antique and cultural items at thrift shops. I currently own a German-made Bisque doll from 1894 and another doll made in 1900 as well as a 1930s typewriter.

I hope you enjoyed reading my biography and don’t be afraid to say hello or introduce yourself to me. I am excited for this wonderful opportunity to share my experience at USG with you and my fellow peers and share all the exciting opportunities that USG has to offer. Cheers!