Hello CSS Community: My name is Edem Yevoo and I am a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science & Technology. This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity of studying abroad as part of the Quito Summer Environmental Studies program in Ecuador. The program, based in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, features field studies on issues facing environmental management and preservation in the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon region, and the Andean highlands. I was enrolled in three courses at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). A few of the most memorable moments of my experience include climbing 16,000 feet up a volcano, spending a week in the Amazon rainforest, and spending three weeks exploring the Galapagos Islands. I would encourage all scholars to research study abroad programs and find one that best fits their preferences and academic schedule. Studying abroad was a truly enriching experience.
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College Success Scholars (CSS) has been the best thing that has happened to me since I started college. The opportunity to be accepted into a program that exposed me to college life prior to my first semester has impacted me significantly. I’ve been supplied with academic resources such as tutoring that have helped me to maintain an excellent GPA. The mentorship I’ve received from CSS leadership and upperclassmen has prepared me for the challenges that I faced throughout school and given me an advantage that is invaluable. As I grew in the program and in my personal academic achievements, I was afforded the opportunity to be in leadership in CSS which has been a transformational experience. I gained wisdom and understanding about being a professional and working to manage an organization. Through CSS leadership, I’ve learned accountability, discipline, and sacrifice. I’ve truly been blessed by my involvement in this program.
B.S. Kinesiology, 2016
School of Public Health
University of Maryland,