Kinsey Manchester, a junior Criminology and Criminal Justice major with a minor in French, tells us about what made her decide to become a Terp:


1. Why did you choose your major?

 I chose to be a Criminology and Criminal Justice major after doing a research project in high school about the criminal investigation process. The differences between investigative TV shows and the actual criminal justice system were astounding to me, and I decided that I wanted to continue to study in such a diverse field.


2. Why did you decide to come to UMD?

As an out of state student, UMD stood out to me for many different reasons. First of all, it wasn't in New England, which was my first requirement. I loved the campus and how much school spirit the students had. Maryland also offered a traditional college experience minutes away from the wonderful opportunities and resources that Washington D.C. and Baltimore have to offer. Finally, the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at UMD is top notch and I knew that I wanted to be challenged academically.


3. What clubs/organizations are you involved in on campus? What do you do within these organizations?

I am a Maryland Images Campus Tour Guide, a peer mentor with the University Honors Program, an Alternative Breaks Experience Leader, a Teaching Assistant for a Criminological Research Methods class, and I work as a Team Leader for Partners in Print (a program of America Reads America Counts). As a Team Leader for PNP, I help lead multilingual literacy workshops to elementary school students and their families in Prince George's County. I am also in a few different honor societies and am a member of the Criminal Justice Student Association.


4. How has the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences enhanced your career?

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has enhanced my career by providing me numerous opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. I've been to court, to prison, to the Pentagon, have spoken with some of the leading professionals in the Criminal Justice field, and have had outstanding professors who go above and beyond for their students.


5. What do you hope to get out of your time at UMD and what are your future aspirations?

I hope that UMD will help me make lifelong connections to fellow students, teachers, and professionals. Hopefully, I'll know exactly what I want to do after spending my four years here for undergrad. As of now, I am currently undecided as to what I will do after studying at UMD, but I know that the education I receive here will set me on the right path for the future.


6. What is one of/some of your favorite UMD memories?

Some of my favorite UMD memories include giving tours to prospective students on Maryland Day, going to basketball games, and just hanging out at the ODK fountain with my friends. There are too many favorites to pick from!


Kinsey Manchester