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Aniya Martin '18, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Bryn Mawr has definitely taught me to advocate for myself and to put my hand up. I’ve chosen a male-dominated field, but Bryn Mawr has has prepared me to be confident, not intimidated."
What made you choose UMBC?

I chose UMBC because of the president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. The first time I met him at a B.E.S.T. breakfast, he took an interest to me. At the event, he posed a math riddle to everyone in the room. At first, I got it wrong. He told me to keep trying. I thought about the riddle all day and emailed him the answer that night.

You emailed the University President?

Yes! Bryn Mawr taught me to take that initiative and not be afraid. And, I got it right! Dr. Hrabowski replied to me with a sincere, encouraging note. I felt like, I can’t go anywhere else.


What are you looking forward to as a Meyerhoff Scholar at UMBC?

I’m really excited to be a part of a big cohort of S.T.E.M. scholars and the huge support system the program provides. I know I want to study math and focus on financial economics. I want to pursue a Ph.D. in math after college.

In what ways has Bryn Mawr prepared you for college?

Bryn Mawr has definitely taught me to advocate for myself and to put my hand up. I’ve chosen a male-dominated field, but Bryn Mawr has has prepared me to be confident, not intimidated.

Describe a particular teacher who was really influential for you.

Ms. Swyryn is a great teacher! I’ve always been good at math, but in her class, I got better at asking questions and making mistakes. She didn’t make me feel like it was bad to make a mistake, but instead used it as a teaching moment. She challenged me to stretch and taught me to be easier on myself.

What are you looking forward to the most about college?

I’m looking forward to more independence and getting into my career. I’m excited to see the type of person I’ll end up being, the different activities and internships I’ll get into, and just exploring more that’s out there.
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