Mayumy Rivera-González, ’16
High School: Patterson High School, Baltimore, MD
Achievement: Made the Dean’s List her first year
To what do you attribute your first-year success?
The reason I succeeded in my first year was all of the extra effort I put into my classes and to also be part of the campus life. I have made a lot of friends in just one year, and I feel like if I could survive my first year, I am capable of finishing my four years at SMCM. My mother and teachers from high school have also been part of my success this year. I appreciate all of their support and the support from those who I always asked for help.
What was the biggest challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it to be successful?
One of the biggest challenges I faced during my first semester was having to adjust to a new environment. Being far away from home, family, and old friends was difficult in the beginning but once I got to know people and DB scholars as well, I began to feel comfortable and happy to be on this campus. I appreciate DB mentors who helped me every time I needed someone to be there for me. DB is definitely my family!
What advice would you offer next year’s incoming DB Scholars?
I would advise them to always try to be part of the DB social activities and campus events. Take advantage of the Summer Bridge program and try their best to become friends with the rest of the DBers, because honestly everyone in the DB program is just awesome!! Talk to your mentors! You can definitely trust them! To me, my mentors are like my older siblings, and they are just amazing people that can guide you through your first year of college.