Yamaelis "Yami" Rosa Sanchez
Yamaelis Rosa Sanchez can already envision herself working as a homicide detective. She wants to help solve difficult cases and bring closure to families when tragedy alters their lives.
Yami chose the University of Baltimore because of its B.S. in Criminal Justice program. Starting from a young age, she watched movies where detectives were trying to solve a case. What started as intrigue developed into a passion and possible career choice as she grew up and became close with family friends who work in the criminal justice field.
"I know I'm going to have to work my way up, but that's something that's always caught my eye," she said.
Yami says her classes and professors at UB provide a clear idea of the kind of work she can expect in the field after she graduates.
"Most classes are discussion based and very realistic," she said. "The professors use real cases to teach you, and they bring in their outside experience. It's not something you just learn from a textbook."
And her education at UB hasn't been limited to the classroom. She also serves as a student worker, which has enabled her to improve her communication and time management skills, especially when balancing multiple projects.
Between her campus job and classes, Yami spends a lot of time at UB and values its community feel.
"On this campus, you can see your dean just walking around and talking to people," she said.
Smaller class sizes have helped her professors and classmates get to know her and vice versa. Yami feels like the relationships she has built since she started as a freshman are the kind that will last long after graduation.
"I know the group of friends that I have and my best friend that I met here in college, they're going to be lifetime friends. They're going to be in my wedding and I know I'm going to be there for them or when we have kids. Basically, they became family for me."