Name: Michelle Seu
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Major: Biology & Interdisciplinary Studies ("Human Aesthetics")
Q: How long have you been at UMBC?
A: This is the first semester of my fourth year at UMBC
Q: In 12 words or less, what role(s) do you play on campus?
A: It is tempting for me to look back on the past few years and zero in on all the things I could have done differently or even better, but I have learned to not be so hard on myself. I have done many things that I definitely would not have engaged in prior to college, including singing at the ICCAs, conducting scientific research, and running in an SGA election. Through these experiences, many of which were honestly very demanding at the time, I feel that I have become a much stronger, more resilient person.
Q: What is one way you have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC or in another community?
A: Last semester, I started volunteering at the Baltimore Animal Rescue Care Shelter (BARCS) through the Shriver Center. I signed up to be a volunteer in the cat units, where my central duty was “socializing” cats. To my pleasant surprise, this volunteer position entailed a lot of petting and playing with the shelter cats, many of which had been surrendered by their owners, found as strays in the streets of Baltimore, or previously neglected by a hoarder. Through my work, I was able to help a lot of the cats become more comfortable around people, and I realized that I actually really like cats (I had always considered myself a fervent “dog person” prior to volunteering here). I am really excited to volunteer here again during the Fall 2015 semester!
Of course, as fate would have it, I have found myself drinking coffee in the Commons a lot these past few years. And I still love studying history.