Undergraduate Orientation

Orientation Peer Advisors

Lola Abdulai

Lola Abdulai  

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Major(s): Sociology and Anthropology             
Years: Senior                   
Favorite Quotation: “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” GK Chesterton    
Favorite Part About UMBC: Midnight Breakfast



Max Barnhart

Max Barnhart

Hometown: Bethesda, MD              
Majors(s): Political Science and Philosophy             
Year: Junior        
Favorite Quotation: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams             
Favorite Part About UMBC: Creating Rebuilding Manhood, a 10-week discussion series for men in my capacity as a Women’s Center staff member.



Katie Cano

Katie Cano  

Hometown: Calvert County, MD            
Major(s): Political Science   
Year: Sophomore                    
Favorite Quotation: “I love deadlines. I love the wooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams   
Favorite Part About UMBC: How quiet the PUP building gets around 9 p.m. It’s the only time and place I can work without being completely distracted.



Lisa Dang

Lisa Dang  

Hometown: Pasadena, MD 
Major(s): Biology         
Year: Junior            
Favorite Quotation: “Learn to love yourself and everything else will fall into place.”          
Favorite Part About UMBC: Walking down academic row and saying hi to people I know.



Cara Dekelbaum

Cara Dekelbaum 

Hometown: Olney, MD                 
Major(s): Music (Jazz Performance)
Year: Sophomore                      
Favorite Quotation: “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” Billy Joel              
Favorite Part About UMBC: Performing at basketball games in the pep band.



Maggie Dier

Maggie Dier

Hometown: Lutherville, MD          
Major(s): Theatre and Media and Communications      
Year: Junior        
Favorite Quotation: “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god.”
Kurt Vonnegut         
Favorite Part About UMBC: I love working for Undergraduate Admissions, giving tours and helping new students always brightens my day!



Patricia Dubyoski

Patricia Dubyoski 

Hometown: Baltimore, MD 
Major(s): Chemical Engineering          
Year: Sophomore
Favorite Quotation: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Suess          
Favorite  Part About UMBC: Dance Parties in the Commons and UC Ballroom.


Zach Engleman

Zach Engleman

Hometown: Atlanta, GA    
Major(s): Financial Economics              
Year: Senior           
Favorite Quotation: “What you do has a far greater impact than what you say.”     
Favorite Part About UMBC: Macklemore will never be topped – Quadmania 2013.



Michael Fell

Michael Fell

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA   
Major(s): Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies    
Year: Senior       
Favorite Quotation: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream; a dream we dream together is reality.” Yoko Ono       
Favorite Part About UMBC: Women’s Center – great place to hang out, meet people, and take a nap!



Autumn Harmon

Autumn Harmon 

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD          
Major(s): Social Work 
Year: Junior    
Favorite Quotation: “You can’t be doomed as long as you can see the faint outline of hope on the opposite shore.”      
Favorite Part About UMBC: Hang up and being an OPA last year.



Erin Helms

Erin Helms

Hometown: Reisterstown, MD          
Major(s): Chemistry and Psychology      
Year: Senior             
Favorite Quotation: “Fish are friends, not food.”                
Favorite Part About UMBC: My most recent favorite memory is performing a Filipino cultural dance at FASA’s annual event.

 

Aastha Jain

Aastha Jain 

Hometown: Laurel, MD          
Major(s): Interdisciplinary Studies       
Year: Junior                               
Favorite Quotation: “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”     
Favorite Memory: The annual concert.


Anlara McKenzie

Anlara McKenzie

Hometown: Parkville, MD         
Major(s): Psychology       
Year: Junior           
Favorite Quotation: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”     
Favorite Part About UMBC: The atmosphere. Everyone is so diverse and interesting. I love that everything is inside the loop; it’s like its own island. I loved being an OPA last year.



Austin Nam

Austin Nam

Hometown: Columbia, MD              
Major(s): Economics and Music
Year: Junior           
Favorite Quotation: “Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion.”      
Favorite Part About UMBC: Salsaritas, duh…



Gaby Romero

Gaby Romero

Hometown: El Salvador/Laurel, MD  
Major(s): Psychology and Economics           
Year: Junior           
Favorite Quotation: “Remember today, for it is the beginning of always.”
Favorite Part About UMBC: The Macklemore concert at Quadmania 2013

 

Megan

Kaitlyn Snyder 

Hometown: Horsham, PA              
Major(s): Political Science and Social Work
Year: Senior          
Favorite Quotation: "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space."               
Favorite Part About UMBC: STRiVE-- A leadership retreat during the winter open to all students.


Daniel Stonko

Daniel Stonko

Hometown: Manchester, MD              
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Year: Sophomore          
Favorite Quotation: “Live life deliberately.”               
Favorite Part About UMBC: Great professors, tons of student organization.

 

Bryant Villavicencio

Bryant Villavicencio

Hometown: Bethesda, MD            
Major(s): Health Administration and Policy and Biology
Year: Junior    
Favorite Quotation: “Success is never final.”               
Favorite Part About UMBC: Welcome Week, Convocation, and Involvement Fest!