Every so often, we’ll profile one of the amazing Phonathon students working in UMBC’s call center. This month, we sat down with student supervisor Fiyin, class of 2016, an information systems major from Burtonsville, Maryland.
Q: Why did you choose UMBC, and what do you like best now that you’re here?
A: Honestly, I chose UMBC because [it was kind of] the perfect university…It was small enough, but also had the perfect majors[.] Also, it’s pretty close to home [,and] it doesn’t cost too much…[Now that I’m here, I enjoy] the camaraderie, [and] also the classes, despite the fact that they are a little bit more difficult than most colleges’…[If] you do put in the work, you do get the payoff, which is not only a good grade, but the fact that you’re graduating from an honors college.
Q: What activities do you enjoy outside of class?
A: Playing basketball with friends, just hanging out. Does [Phonathon] count as “outside of class”?
Q: What do you like best about being a student caller?
A: I’m not even that much of a student caller anymore, because I’m a supervisor now, but [I like] the instant interaction with alumni, most of all. The fact that that you can learn so much from people who’ve been in your position, some a while ago, some not too long ago. It kind of gives you basic knowledge [of] what you’re going to encounter once you graduate…I’ve gotten people that will tell me [where to] apply for internships and things like that, so that’s pretty cool.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: After graduation, I plan on going into the workforce…Hopefully, I’m able to get an internship in [the IT] field soon enough.