Incoming Students Speak at the Fall Opening Meeting

Two new students gave speeches at this year’s Fall Opening Meeting.

Caitlyn Leiter-Mason ’14 is an incoming freshman in the Sonheim Public Affairs Program and the Honors College. She spoke about her reasons for choosing UMBC, including the warm reception from faculty and staff during campus visits and the personal attention she received throughout the application process. “I thought about all of my college interviews and realized that the interview for the Sondheim Public Affairs Program was the one during which I felt most myself, the one I had genuinely enjoyed,” she said.

When he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at San Diego State University, Genaro Hernandez, Jr. ’15 was the first person in his family to graduate from a university. From there he earned his Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from the Stanford University School of Medicine. This fall at UMBC, he enters the Computational Biology Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Sciences. “When I look at our school, it’s a school that’s very supportive as opposed to being overly-competitive,” he said. “Everyone is very friendly and professional.”

Watch Caitlyn Leiter-Mason’s speech:

Watch Genaro Hernandez, Jr.’s speech:

Watch the entire Fall Opening Meeting:


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