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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The College Success Scholars program has played a key role in shaping my personal, academic, and professional experiences at the University of Maryland, College Park. My first year in the program, I was well resourced with tutoring services, free printing, and a satellite office where I spent many hours studying and getting to know other scholars. The following year I had the opportunity to be a team leader. In that role, I was able to understand the behind-the-scenes work that drove the program forward and develop my communication and leadership skills. Continuing in that role this year, I have further developed those skills and cultivated a professional relationship with others in the program and in the OMSE office. Through the CSS program, I have truly grown and matured as a young male of color.
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