I would like to personally thank the UMBC Community for not just an incredible Quad Mania, but an amazing five years. Thank you to the volunteers and staff responsible for making this weekend happen. Thanks to the people who said “Launching fireworks off the Commons Garage? Let’s try it!”. Thanks to the people who worked 40+ hours over three days to give students an experience that they will always remember. Thanks to the people who understand that this event is so much more than a concert and some rides, it’s a chance to bring this community together.
Most of all, I would like to thank my fellow UMBC students. We are not like most schools. We are young and growing, still forming our traditions and molding this school into the place that we want it to be. Something that we say all of the time in our office is that “(seb) is what you make it”. I think that saying extends outside of our group and to the UMBC community as a whole. Thousands of you joined us this weekend to show that this school is more than just a place to get a degree. We are a place where people from all walks of life can come together and make something awesome happen.
I know it sounds cheesy, but make the most of your time here. Put down the textbook for a little bit and try something new. I would have never thought that awkwardly walking into an (seb) meeting my first week of school would change my life, but it did. I am a completely different person because of (seb), this school, and the people who I have met here. Thank you so much for the lessons, memories, and friendships. It’s been a crazy ride.
- Joey McElroy