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Originally from Mexico, Karina moved to Baltimore with her family when she was 8. She attended Baltimore City public schools and graduated from Western High School. She wanted to attend a four-year college, but her family couldn’t afford the tuition.
When she was exploring her options for college, she called BCCC to ask for information about registering. The woman who answered her call told her about the Mayor’s Scholars Program and walked her through the application process.
Karina found the Summer Bridge Program to be a great introduction to BCCC. Her English and math professors were really helpful. She had a teaching assistant in her math class who now serves as her mentor. And, she felt that the additional guidance from program staff was very useful – from learning more about BCCC and its programs to budgeting tips and study skills.
“You get a sense for the campus, where everything is, and learn about the resources here,” Karina said. “If you are new to college, that is really helpful.”
Now enrolled full time, Karina is majoring in engineering and planning to major in computer engineering when she eventually makes the switch to a four-year college.
Amari grew up in Baltimore City and went to Baltimore City College, a citywide magnet school, where he was on the chess and baseball teams. While he was trying to figure out what to do about college, he learned about the Mayor’s Scholars Program at an open house at City.
His family couldn’t afford to send him to a four-year college and he had heard great things about BCCC, so Amari enrolled as a Mayor’s Scholar. He has been really happy with his decision and felt that the Summer Bridge Program was a great introduction to college.
“I feel more comfortable on campus and know my way around now,” he said. “I also got to know the faculty and staff. Everyone here really cares and helps to make sure you get stuff done on time.”
During his summer courses, Amari began to feel more comfortable with math and excelled at English. In fact, his English professor and the department chair recommended him for the Granville T. Woods Scholars Program, a full scholarship that covers tuition, fees and books and connects students to study abroad and internship opportunities.
“I would definitely recommend the Mayor’s Scholars Program,” Amari said. “It’s a great place to start if you want to go to college but don’t have the means, or if you just want to take a chance on yourself and see what college is like.”