Our Students

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Beatrice Hammet (’22)

Beatrice Hammet, from Bowie, MD, answers some questions about her experience in Carillon Communities. Beatrice, a Letters and Sciences student, participated in the Weather and Climate community.

What made you decide to join Carillon?
It was a combination of getting into a living learning community and being able to explore my options through Letters and Sciences. The types of communities Carillon had to offer were very interesting and I was undecided, so being able to look at something entirely different was helpful.

How do you feel carillon has helped you adapt to the college environment?
It's definitely made making friends easier. I know everyone on my floor and got to know them better through being in the same classes. We were all in this together! Togetherness helped the transition, because those first two weeks, you feel very alone. But getting to know people and have classes with them makes the transition easier!

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from your Carillon experience?
There's a lot--for example, how to develop relationships with professors. Dr. Tim was awesome; he really helped us become comfortable with talking to professors in a big classroom setting and asking questions.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining Carillon?
Definitely join, because it's an incredible opportunity. If you're thinking you'll have a hard time transitioning into college, making many friends or handling academics, you'll know that within this community, there's a lot of resources and help. 

To whom would you recommend Carillon Communities? 
People who are interested in campus life and want to get to know UMD through a living learning community. That's what Carillon did--it opened my eyes as to the resources, help, and experiences UMD has to offer. 

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Yeon Cho (’19)

Yeon Cho reflects back on his Carillon experience as he prepares to graduate from UMD. A Mathematics and Economics major, Yeon will enter the UMD Graduate School this fall to pursue a Masters in Education.

How has your Carillon experience influenced your career and academic paths?
I came to UMD planning to major in engineering, but that quickly changed when I began taking the class for iGive. The professor at the time, Professor Susannah Washburn, taught us about the 3Ts in life: talent, treasure, and time. She encouraged us to explore how we can use our own 3Ts to help others. When I thought more about it, I realized that I love math and I enjoy helping other students learn math. From that point on, I decided to major in mathematics and become a high school math teacher. 

How do you feel Carillon helped you adapt to the college environment?
Carillon helped me adapt to the college environment by helping me get acquainted and familiar with the campus and with other students. It also helped me build close relationship with my professor and other faculty members whom I reached out whenever I needed help. I still have close relationships with Melissa and Professor Washburn.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from your Carillon experience?

I think the most valuable thing I have learned in Carillon is a way to make the best of my college career. The program definitely challenged me to take initiative and helped me take advantage of all the resources on campus. By going through Carillon, I learned more about myself, what I wanted to do, and plan my future in college and post-college. And I consistently go back to the 3Ts and analyze how I can help others.