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I applied to UMBC for undergrad but wasn't admitted. I then applied to UMBC for Grad School about 6 years later. Becoming a student at UMBC has drastically changed my life. My professors, mentors, and classmates have all had an impact on me. If someone told me years ago that I would come from poor urban schools in Baltimore City to UMBC, I wouldn't have believed them. I am so grateful for all I've gained at this University and look forward to the opportunity to give back.

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Julia C. '13

We've just put your story in the Commencement 2016 homepage collection! Congratulations again!

Richard B. '86

Amazing story! Thank you!

Meredith P.

Congratulations, Tierra! Thank you for sharing your story!