Class of 2022: Seth Thomas

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar & Honors College Certificate

Majors: Financial Economics B.S., Global Studies, B.A.
Hometown: Columbia, MD

Seth had an impressive undergraduate career at UMBC which included several enriching research and internship experiences. He conducted economic research with a UMBC faculty member, and participated in a competitive research-based internship with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. During this internship, Seth assisted with research about worldwide corporate transparency and the disclosure of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) data in Brazil. Seth also interned with the Maryland Center on Economic Policy in Baltimore. During his time at UMBC, Seth has shown dedication to serving the local and global communities by serving with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and doing volunteer work in South Africa. After graduation, Seth will pursue a master’s degree in Economic Policy Analysis at UMBC. 

A few thoughts from Seth on his time as a Sondheim Scholar:

What are you most proud of from your time at UMBC?

I am most proud of all the support that the faculty and staff at UMBC have offered so willingly throughout my four years at UMBC.

What is your most memorable public service experience as a Sondheim Scholar?

Helping host the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary-Middle School campus visit to UMBC.

What was your favorite Sondheim event?

Going to see The Fall at Studio Theater.

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

The importance of being humble enough to ask questions.

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

Each and every one of us has a responsibility to put in effort to understand the perspective of those who are different from us.