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Alumnus Interview: Nathan Rehr ’13

Rehr HC website_revNathan Rehr ’13

Major: Political Science
Baltimore, Maryland
Current Occupation: Orientation Advisor, UMBC Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising

What you love about your job: I love meeting new students who are excited to start their careers at UMBC. It’s great to be able to give back to the school by being part of the Orientation experience for the incoming class Tell us a little about your plans in Senegal: In March, I will leave the country to serve with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal. I will be working as a Preventative Health Educator to help improve the health and well-being of the community in which I will be serving! I have wanted to join the Peace Corps since I was a senior in high school and everyone I met at UMBC was extremely helpful in making this goal a reality.

Favorite memory of UMBC: All of my Quadmania weekends! After my freshman year, I always joked that it was my favorite holiday. I think I even subconsciously chose to study abroad in the Fall so that I wouldn’t miss Quadmania my junior year. Even the years that it rained I had a great time! The performances were always so much fun and everyone was excited to be on campus and celebrating. Last year all of the food trucks were amazing, the games and rides were fun, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis put on a spectacular show!

Favorite memory about the Honors College: Cookie Breaks! But really, getting cookies during all of my Honors classes made them 10x better. The seminars I took with Dr. Stacey and Dr. Kelber-Kaye were really enlightening and the format of the classes were wonderful. I feel like I learned almost as much from some of my peers as I did from the professor. We always had great class discussions that challenged me and helped me understand new ways of thinking.

Advice you would give to incoming Honors College Students: Take advantage of all the resources you have available to you! Work with your advisors to find great classes and other academic opportunities like internships, research, and study abroad. The staff and faculty care and want you to succeed but they also won’t spoon feed you like you might be used to in high school. Take responsibility for your own education, take initiative and you’ll be amazed what doors can open for you here.