05th Sep2011

Devin L. Robertson – University of Maryland at Eastern Shore

by Staff

“My experience here was far more than just education, at UMES we were a family, now that I am an Alumni I am still a part of that family, just a Hawk that has left the nest.”

C/O DEC. 2010

Major: Biology
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How did you decide to become a student at the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore?

A few members of my family attended UMES, and I liked the fact that it was not too close to home but also not too far from home (Harford County, MD)


What professors at the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Dr. Jennifer Hearne, and Dr. Jeurel Singleton left the biggest impression on me because often times I would try to give less than my best but they never settled for that, they always pushed me to my maximum potential.


What is the story of your “experience” to date at your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience here was far more than just education, at UMES we were a family, now that I am an Alumni I am still a part of that family, just a Hawk that has left the nest. I think it is very important to have the support at your University that goes beyond the classroom; this is exactly what you get when you attend UMES.


Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

The best spots to cuddle were the student apartments, because the rooms are so small and comfortable.


What were the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

The best restaurants would be Hawks nest, which is the only restaurant on campus, the nest off campus restaurants would have to be popeyes and McDonalds because they accepted Hawk Cards!


What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?



Who was your College crush?

Atiyya Pennix


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I started off by going home every weekend, just to provide some balance, then I became involved the Student Government Association which was at that time under the administration of Ms. Akira Ali


What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was Biology, I chose this because I am going to become an obstetrician and Biology was the best route to take in order to achieve my goal.


What has been your proudest moment @ the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore?

My proudest moment at my HBCU was winning Mr. University of Maryland Eastern Shore


What was your saddest moment @ the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore?

My saddest moment at my HBCU would be departing from UMES


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I didn’t pledge, it was something I thought about but just never moved forward in that area


How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I served as Mr. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Mr. Sophomore, SGA, MHEC, Mentor


Where was the “yard” located?

The “yard” was the term for the entire campus, like if you saw someone walking to class you would say “I saw this person on the yard or that person on the yard”


What and where were the historical places on campus?

We had several historical buildings on campus, Tawes Gymnasium is the first that comes to mind though because its old but still has the most use, parties, games, probates, etc.


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

No that I know of lol


How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I failed my first class at UMES, I had my first road trip with people other than blood relatives, my first pageant, and my first time really feeling independent.


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Always put God first, use wisdom and follow your heart


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered my passion in life my Sophomore year in college, I did this by becoming involved and it is then that I realized my passion for helping people


Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Life is a beautiful thing, it has its ups and downs but things always work together for the good of them that love the Lord!


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

First and foremost, to whom much is given, much is required. My motto while campaigning for Mr. UMES was, “We all have the ability to win, the difference is how we use it” this is also directed toward our youth coming up, everyone can be destined for greatness but it’s how use those abilities, talents, and gifts that God has given you that makes the difference in life.


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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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