Class of 2022: Caroline Jiang

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar

Majors: Psychology
Minor: Music
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Caroline graduated in December 2021 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Music. As a Sondheim Scholar, Caroline pursued many opportunities aligned with her goal of becoming a school psychologist, while simultaneously pursuing academic excellence and leadership opportunities on campus. As a first year Sondheim Scholar, Caroline served as a weekly volunteer with Reading Partners at Cherry Hill Elementary School, and after that, she moved into a leadership role and coordinated the service of several fellow UMBC students with Reading Partners. Caroline was an active member and leader of Psi Chi, the Psychology honor society, serving first as secretary and then as vice president. Caroline interned at a public school, where she worked with the principal, teachers, and other school staff to learn about the inner workings of the school and promote student wellness. During the past several months, Caroline has served as a Legislative Advocacy and Organizing Intern for Strong Schools Maryland. In the fall, Caroline will begin a master’s program in School Psychology at George Mason University. 

A few thoughts from Caroline on her time as a Sondheim Scholar:

What was your favorite Sondheim event?

The plays! Going to see The Fall and A Thousand Splendid Suns

What is an important thing you learned about yourself at UMBC?

Knowing when I needed to take some time for self care.

What’s an important thing you learned about the world beyond campus while you were a student at UMBC?

For the world beyond campus, and also within in some ways, it takes personal initiative to pursue and find things you’re interested in doing