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Maria Jaramillo

Maria Jaramillo

Assistant Director

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Direct: 612-624-8131
Toll Free: 1-800-752-1000
Email: jara0022@umn.edu

Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Major: Business and Marketing Education, Spanish minor

Favorite U of M Memory: Gopher football Saturdays make up some of my favorite college memories! I have a lot of school spirit and Gopher pride. I was a freshman at the U of M during the inaugural season at TCF Bank Stadium, which made my first year cheering on the team a very special experience. Season tickets are made very affordable for students. The maroon and gold pride and spirit on campus, in the stadium, and specifically in the student section gives me butterflies! In my mind, there is no better way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday than at "the Bank". Ski-U-Mah!

Favorite Random Fact about the University: One of my favorite fun facts about the U of M is that the institution was founded before Minnesota became an official state. Minnesota was the 32nd state to be admitted to the United States in 1858, seven years after the University of Minnesota was founded in 1851.

Best Place to Study on Campus: I loved studying in Walter Library on the 2nd floor. One area has comfortable chairs and is great for group work or discussion, and another section is quiet and perfect for focusing and getting down to business. The building itself is beautiful and historic and also has a coffee shop downstairs to grab a latte or a snack for some extra energy. Lounges in the Residence Halls are a close second favorite study spot to get out of you comfortable bedroom but still close to home in case you need to run back for a sweatshirt or a textbook left behind. This is a great alternative when you want to skip the snow boots when studying for finals in mid-December!

The One Experience Students Shouldn't Miss: The opportunities on campus are endless, however one experience students shouldn't miss would be studying abroad. The options between full-year, semester, May-term, winter term, or summer-term make it easy to find a time to study abroad that fits nicely with your schedule and graduation plan. It's a great way to expand your learning and acquire global perspective. I studied in Toledo, Spain, for six weeks in the summer between my junior and senior year. I strengthened my Spanish and was able to immerse myself into Spanish culture. I took classes at their University and received the majority of my Spanish minor credits there. I can't wait to return someday!

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