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A Day in the Life

What lies ahead after high school?

The types of jobs in a university setting might surprise you! These videos provide a glimpse of “A Day in the Life” of several interesting and engaging careers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Learn about a typical day and the skills and/or education needed for positions like these at UMB or other universities.

A Day in the Life of Mark Drymala

Follow a day in the life of Mark Drymala, MS, assistant director of Environmental Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Drymala leads a wide variety of activities on campus – from recycling efforts, energy conservation, and maintaining cleanliness to planning pollinator gardens and enhancing UMB’s green spaces, his job is never dull.

A Day in the Life of the Positive Schools Center Director

Follow a day in the life of Shantay McKinily, MEd, director of the Positive Schools Center, a program aligned with the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Social Work Community Outreach Service. McKinily and her team train and support principals, leadership teams, and school district staff to create nurturing, holistic, and racially equitable learning environments by using restorative approaches rather than punitive disciplinary actions. 

A Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner

Follow a day in the life of Oluchi Ayichi, DNP, RN, CRNP, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). In addition to teaching future health care providers at UMSON, Ayichi  treats patients at University of Maryland Urgent Care facilities in the Baltimore area.

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer

Follow a day in the life of Kris Rifkin, manager of special projects at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Rifkin designs print materials such as exhibits, posters, and invitations. One of her major current projects is redesigning the fifth-floor lobby in a UMSOM building.

A Day in the Life of a Physician Scientist

Follow a day in the life of Albert Zhou, an MD/PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Zhou researches malaria vaccines as part of the elite Medical Scientists Training Program in the University System of Maryland. 

A Day in the Life of a Police Lieutenant

Follow a day in the life of Matthew Johnson, a police lieutenant who leads the Community Outreach and Support Team for the UMB Police Department. Johnson views his work as an opportunity to be “the change you want to see in policing.”