Your support helps amazing students succeed at UMBC. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of their stories with you. This week, meet Jeremy, a proud member of the Class of 2012.
Jeremy Brickey will be recognizable to this fall’s incoming freshmen: he was one of the faces of the “UMBC Superheroes” ad campaign. And Jeremy made his time at UMBC “super” by being involved in many facets of campus life. He is a member of the rugby team and on the rugby executive board; he was the president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and won the UMBC Greek Man of the Year award in 2010. A Linehan scholar, Jeremy was published in Bartleby, UMBC’s literary magazine. In addition to being a “superhero,” Jeremy reached out to prospective students as a student ambassador and worked as a Woolie to help incoming students. As the 2012 Student Alumni Association founder and president, Jeremy will continue to make his mark on UMBC long after he graduates.
In a letter he wrote in the fall, he describes the impact scholarships have had on his life as a student:
“I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am for what I have been given. Without my scholarships, I would not have fallen in love with the poetry of Marlowe or Donne, or taken acting classes, or had the chance to help launch a student alumni group at UMBC. Without the caring support of donors, I might have missed out on moments that truly shaped me as a thinker.
One of the most beautiful things about a place like UMBC is the way people help each other out, no matter what. You can’t always tell what a student is going through when you look at him or her, but I know many brilliant students who face struggles even greater than mine who are only able to study at UMBC because of the scholarships they receive. Sadly, not every student gets that chance.”
Brickey credits the people of UMBC with helping to open his eyes to many a new idea, and knows UMBC will remain a part of his life for years to come.
“I was a boy when I drove into campus in 2007. UMBC has been the most maturing experience of my life, both intellectually and socially. This campus has fostered a culture of “home” for me and for so many of the students walking the stage this May. There is a rich connection that Retrievers make with their unique campus, and that is something I will always cherish.”