Kristina Baptista

Kristina Baptista

Major:  Accounting OLD

Minor:  International Business

Hometown: Berkley, MA

"Succeed in college today so you can do amazing work in your career in the future."
Tell us about something you were involved with at UMass Dartmouth, and how it's changed you.

During my junior year, I was able to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. I learned a lot about personal income taxes by doing actual tax returns and interacting with people.


The best part about it was that I was able to help low-income and elderly families receive money they would not have been able to get on their own. It felt good to be able to give back to the community. I'm glad I was able to have this experience through UMD.

What have you learned from other students?

Normally, I enjoy working alone on projects. I've learned from students throughout my college years that working together is quite enjoyable. Students I've worked with have all been highly motivated and pushed me to excel. Students at UMass come from all different backgrounds, which is awesome—you learn something new every day from the people around you.

What advice would you like to share with future students?

Enjoy college, but prioritize. We all need a break every now and again, but your schoolwork and studies should be the most important. Succeed in college today so you can do amazing work in your career in the future. You have to put in the work now!

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my family first and foremost. They have been my biggest motivation to do well. 


I'd also like to thank all my friends who have been down the college path with me, supporting me or having all night study seshes.


Also, I'd like to thank my Phi Sigma Sigma ladies for keeping the last few years interesting and fun.


To all the students I've had class with—it has been a pleasure being around all of you.


Last, but not least, thank you to all my professors who have been an integral part of my education.