Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose to come to the University of Maryland in my pursuit for happiness. It's actually an interesting story...
After wanting to come to school here all of my life, I was bitterly disappointed to get acceptance in the Spring semester as opposed to the Fall. However, I was accepted to Towson University with Honors. I decided to accept the Spring semester admittance to Maryland and Towson’s Fall semester admittance. I planned to go to Towson for the first semester of my freshman year with the intention to decide if I liked it to stay there and if I hated it to come here. Unfortunately, that decision was not as cut and dry as I hoped it would be.
I went into Towson wanting to hate it so I would decide to come to Maryland without a pang of regret, but I ended up really liking it. My classes were smaller. My professors were challenging, interesting, and approachable. I had scholarship money there. The food was good. My dorm was beautiful and brand new. And, I made some really incredible friendships. Even with all of that, though, I still could not help but wonder what my days would be like if I was a Terp instead of a Tiger.
However, the desire to be a Terp was not convincing enough for me to drop Towson and all its perks. At Maryland, I figured I would be at the bottom of the totem pole being a second semester admit instead of a first semester admit, athlete, scholar or honors student. On the other hand, at Towson I was in Honors. I got the best housing, was more likely to get the leadership positions and jobs I wanted due to that status, and got the first pick at classes every semester. Maryland would cost a lot more in terms of tuition, lack of scholarships, housing, etc. Towson gave me money and is just cheaper in general. Maryland has more students, which creates more of a potential of me feeling like a number. Towson never made me feel like a number. The Honors College treated us specially and uniquely.
My friends at Towson all pressured me to stay there. They liked me, and they did not want me to leave. My favorite professor told me bluntly that I would excel more and learn more at Towson with my Honors classes and close relations with professors. People I knew from high school who were already at Maryland flaunted their scholarships and Fall acceptances and made me feel like I was subpar and would not do well in College Park.
In the midst of the stress surmounting upon me to make the decision to either stay or to go here was the Towson versus Maryland football game. I drove here from Towson with plans to see all the new friends at Maryland that I had made through High Risers and Terpnet. It was a disgusting, rainy day but, still, I was filled with an air of happiness that I never felt on Towson’s campus. The energetic atmosphere of Maryland thrilled me as it had on my first tour and at my first football game a year prior. I walked out on the mall and stood on one of the intersecting, wet sidewalks closest to McKeldin under the gray, cloudy sky and yelled to my friends standing at Testudo, “Do I look like I belong here?” Before they could all shout back, “Yes,” I knew the answer was yes myself.
I filed all the proper paperwork releasing my scholarships, financial aid, and housing from Towson. I signed up for orientation at Maryland, and here I am. I miss everything I thought I would miss about Towson, but I would make this same decision again if I had to. I went against logic in my decision. I went with my heart and took a risky chance searching for a college experience that would make me completely happy. I think a lot of decisions require logic if you want to make the correct choice, but when you make a decision that affects your happiness and your life your heart is what you need to satisfy. Well, I satisfied mine.