Name: Abani Chiderah
Hometown: Port Harcourt
Major: Biological Sciences
Q: How long have you been at UMBC?
A: More than 2 years now.
A: I do not think I can compare the importance of my experience or my memories so instead, I would choose to mention a few of the things I have picked up since my coming to UMBC. I didn't know a thing about sailing before and now I sail with the UMBC Sailing Team at Regatta and enjoy doing so. Through my work with The Garden, I have learned (and would still be learning) about food systems, farm workers rights, gardening methods etc. I could go on and on about what UMBC has taught me but then this would become an essay (if not a book) plus, I did say I'd be mentioning only a few.
Q: What is one way you have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC or in another community?
A: One way I have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC and in other communities is by service, usually through the Shriver Center. Whether is was by being a tutor, working with animals, humans, or by some behind the scenes work (e.g. through initiatives), One common impact in all service situations was that the interaction brought benefits and some contentment if not satisfaction to the parties involved (myself included, of course). I think this impact is important and matters because even if all isn't perfect, all that really matters is to make sure we are happy/content (even if not giddy with it) with ourselves and bringing happiness to others even in the smallest ways we can.