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Class of 2022

I’m Madeline Arbutus and I’m a Visual Art-Graphic Design and Media and Communications double major with an Art History and Museum Studies Minor. I am thrilled to be a Hum Scholar, as it is the reason I chose to attend UMBC. I’m especially looking forward to traveling abroad during senior year and studying art in Europe. My favorite places to go have always been art museums (especially The Walter’s Art Museum here in Baltimore!) and in the future, I’m hoping to work as an Art and Communications Director for a museum or gallery. This summer, I’m interning at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, our fine art gallery at UMBC, and learning about exhibition installation and management and curating social media platforms. Last summer, I interned at The Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, MD— a historic event venue with art galleries and museum exhibits— as the Design and Media Intern. At UMBC, I’m Production Manager and Circulation Chief at The Retriever, our student-led newspaper. I continue to look forward to a creative and enriching future at UMBC and I am grateful to be a part of the Humanities Scholars community.


Hey! My name is Angelica Mansfield. I’m currently double majoring in English Literature and Media and Communication Studies, although that’s always subject to change because I’ve tried three different minors during my time at UMBC and I still have two years left. However, I am hoping that my two majors will be able to prepare me for a career in working with nonprofit organizations all across the United States.
Right now, I’m currently part of multiple organizations on campus, even with the whole social distancing thing that forced everyone off campus and onto an online format. I am Assistant Arts and Culture Editor at The Retriever (our campus newspaper), I recently became Senior Managing Editor of Bartleby, the creative arts magazine, and I am Secretary of the Outdoor Recreation Club. I am also part of the Honors College and the Humanities Scholars Program and UMBC’s Wind Ensemble (I play the trumpet). It’s kind of the culture at UMBC to overload yourself with things to do, so just make sure you take mental health breaks when you can.
The Humanities Scholars Program is actually why I came to UMBC. Not only did it offer a scholarship, but I would also get to be part of this close-knit community that I wasn’t sure I could find anywhere else. I started at UMBC with my cohort and over the past two years, I have gotten to know them all so much better and, even if we don’t spend as much time together as we used to (since we don’t have the Humanities Seminar in sophomore year), every single one of them is always happy to see me and I am always happy to see them. In addition, all of us lived together for the past two years in the Humanities LLC (Living Learning Community). There’s something very comforting and familial about seeing the same people every morning, getting to spend time with them once classes have finished for the day, and then bidding each other goodnight.

Hello! My name is Garrett Posey. I am a double major in Political Science and History and a proud member of the class of 2022 Humanities Scholars cohort. Although I have tried out a variety of other majors, such as Global Studies, Mandarin, and Media and Communications, I solidified my passions and interests during my sophomore year. I am excited to take more courses focusing on policy analysis and American history. I am particularly interested in doing research on the reasons behind American opinion on legislation that is widely accepted in Europe and Canada, such as universal healthcare.
In the summer of 2019, I interned under Congressman Raskin in his Democracy Summer youth leadership program. After thorough research into menstrual equity legislation, we advocated on Capitol Hill multiple times to gain co-sponsorships for an important bill. I learned crucial lessons on political organization, and I am excited to apply these skills in future political science internships.
I am thrilled to be entering my third year as a Humanities Scholar. The program has introduced me to wonderful resources and some of the best friends I have ever had. I expect to continue this trend elsewhere at UMBC as I aim to form lasting relationships with the incredible people of this diverse campus. I am active in the school’s Environmental Task Force, once again becoming a regular member after being elected president for the last year. Joining a wide variety of campus communities is vital to getting the most out of my experience at UMBC, so I am grateful to be interacting with many different groups of people. Through these connections inside and outside my majors and the Humanities Program, I hope to make a difference in this world alongside my fellow scholars.


Hello all! My name is Nayimb Joyner and I am majoring in English on the Secondary Education Certificate Track as well as minoring in Spanish. During the past few years, I’ve contemplated a myriad of majors and careers but the one path that has always been most appealing to me is that of being a teacher, and a teacher of English at that. Especially in the world of today, it is more necessary than ever for people to be able to look beyond the surface and see the deeper meanings within literature and media. And that’s a skill I want to improve in myself, and eventually be able to help develop in children and other adults as an educator. Indeed, when you study English, you study history, politics, psychology, sociology, war, peace, love, hate, life, death, and so much more! Basically almost every topic in existence – which is pretty cool.
I am proud to say that I am a member of the Class of ‘22 Humanities Scholars cohort. I actually applied to the Humanities Scholars Program at the last minute during my senior year- but I can say that it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. Besides making college realistic and affordable, the opportunities and people that I’ve been exposed to just within these first few months have been amazing. As this first semester draws to an end, I’m incredibly excited to be spending the next few years here at UMBC in the Humanities Scholars Program as I work to make my dreams my reality.


Привіт! Hello! My name is Danylo Leshchyshyn. I am a History and Political Science Dual Major, and I am also in the Honors College. I am Ukrainian, fully fluent in my native language, and I come to UMBC from Howard County, Maryland. My ethnic identity inspires much of my activities. I love studying history, especially the history of my homeland, and I enjoy studying the political worlds of Ukraine, Europe, and the global international community. I love the theatre. I enjoy acting, especially performing Shakespeare, and I also had the pleasure to serve as the head of the props department in my school’s drama program. Stemming from my involvement in theatre, I am an amateur playwright, and I had the pleasure of witnessing two of my one-act plays being performed at my high school, Atholton, during my senior year. I am also an aspiring novelist, working to bring more awareness about Ukrainian history and the ideals of humanity through my works, both in English as well as Ukrainian.
I look forward to forging lasting connections with and learning from the other members of not just my Cohort (who are all fantastic), but also from the rest of the Humanities Scholars Program. I look forward to many fun excursions to see different plays and musicals, and to gaining a quality Humanities education. I also relish the chance of getting an affordable education through the generous support of the Humanities Scholars Program. I have full faith that UMBC, especially through the Humanities Scholars Program, will provide me with an outstanding education that will allow me to go anywhere from here.


Hi all, my name is Olivia Smith! I am a linguistics major with a focus in Spanish and a minor in creative writing. I am an avid writer, reader, and lover of music and film. As a fledgling humanities scholar, I look forward to broadening my understanding of world culture, and how we as humans communicate with each other. I can’t wait to study abroad, eat foods native to the region, and indulge in the music and literary scene of that country! In my future at UMBC, I expect to learn all that I need to achieve the goals I have set for myself, namely: acquiring as many languages as I can, traveling to as many countries as I can, gaining experiences that I will employ in my writing, and possibly teaching to build bridges of cultural understanding between people of different perspectives and backgrounds. In my writing, I focus on poetry and prose. I rely on the translation of emotion and empathy to illustrate what I feel or to tell a story in stanza form, and that is why I believe that linguistics is so important. There is always something lost in translation, and many languages have words for concepts or feelings that cannot be explained so simply in others. In the humanities, we focus on “humaneness”, benevolence, and I chose UMBC because I believe that this is a place where I can truly immerse myself in that notion and use that to outwardly shine my own light on these ideas.



Hola! My name is Ashley Bonilla, I am an English Literature major with a minor in Cultural Anthropology (and hopefully in Spanish as well). I’m fluent in both English and Spanish, and I have always had a passion for studying these languages. I strongly believe that language and perspective shape the way we live and have always been fascinated by cultural studies. I graduated from James Hubert Blake high school in Silver Spring, Maryland. In high school, I was very involved in speech and debate as well as my advanced placement language courses. I was the president of my school’s Hispanic Leadership Club and an officer on the debate team, as well as an assistant for AP Spanish and Spanish II. I was strongly influenced by my caring teachers at Blake to pursue a career in education and cultural studies. The transition from high school to college frightened me at first because I am a first generation college student. However, shortly after arriving, I learned that college wasn’t as frightening or hard as I thought it would be.
Because of the welcoming environment in the Humanities LLC, I have made amazing friends and I really feel as though I fit in. The program has been super rewarding and the faculty has been amazing! (Shout out to Professor Phin!!) I am enjoying the first year Humanities seminar and I cannot wait to see what next semester has in store for me here at UMBC!


Bonjour! My name is Kristin Bechtel, and I am pursuing a major in Modern Languages and Linguistics with French and Korean. Learning about different cultures has always been very important to me, so after I graduated high school, I spent the equivalent of a gap year as an exchange student in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. There, I was enrolled in a Swiss high school and was able to immerse myself in the culture as well as deepen my love for the French language. As I have spent time studying other languages, I have also grown in appreciation for English, as well as the concept of language in itself, and I want to spend my life continuing to learn many languages to be able to connect with many people all over the world and to expand my way of thinking. In addition to traveling, I enjoy cooking, baking, arts and crafts, and watching Korean dramas with French subtitles. I am very excited to be a part of the Humanities Scholars Program at UMBC because of the many opportunities that the program provides, such as off-campus excursions, and I cannot wait to go abroad once again! As a student at UMBC, I look forward to improving my French skills, learning Korean, discovering new areas of interest, and growing in my appreciation for the humanities in such an amazing environment.