Three bus rides, a different language and a challenging curriculum were not roadblocks for Isaura Jimenez on her path to a nursing degree. She saw them as challenges to be met.
Brianna Atwood came to UMass Lowell to study plastics engineering – but she’s done so much more. The honors student started a volunteer program that connects UML students with a local school. She has also participated in the professional co-op program, working on fire-resistant seals for airplanes.
Business administration major Keviana-Joy George transformed from a shy transfer student to an outgoing student leader who is on track for a career in human resources.
Education major Edward Morante had a tough time as a child in school and strives to become a teacher because he wants to help kids succeed. During his freshman year at UMass Lowell, Edward gained confidence through hands-on teaching experience at an elementary school classroom.
Lukas Lazarek’s summer research fellowship in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University helped prepare him for graduate school – and won him an award.
Dean Kennedy always dreamed of a career at Disney. The experience he gained and connections he made while earning his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering helped make that dream come true.
While double-majoring in psychology and exercise physiology, Patrice Faith Olivar has gained both research and practical experience. UMass Lowell has opened more doors than she thought possible.
The thrill of figuring out how things work led Clint Perry to major in electrical engineering. He is also enrolled in the UTeach Program, where he carries his enthusiasm for engineering over to his teaching at Billerica High School.
Jacob Solomon is as well-rounded as they come. The honors English and math major is assisting with research in a biology lab.
Business student Kelly Skelton plans to earn his undergraduate and MBA degrees in just four years – and with zero debt – while juggling multiple jobs and extracurricular activities.
Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.
For this sound recording technology grad, it’s all between the ears.
Zayna Basma volunteered at a center that helps Burmese refugees - and became fascinated by refugee policy and research.
Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.
Meghan Berking ran across the country to raise $7,500 for cancer research after losing her father to colon cancer.
A co-op scholarship led to a job at Lowell Telecommunications Corp., and then a job at the university’s TV studio for English major Aaron King. Now he’s got all the skills he needs for a career in video or television production.