Five Minutes With…Maria Bucarano

Five Minutes With…Maria Bucarano

By Dale

Five Minutes With…Maria Bucarano

By Dale
Hi everybody! This is the first post in our new series, “Five Minutes With…” Read on to get to know Maria Bucarano, class of 2019!
How did you decide on your advertising major?

I originally wanted to be a psychology major, but I also wanted to work creatively (I was really into art and Photoshop in high school). My dad connected me to a recent UM alumna who had gone through the same thing as me and was working in an advertising agency (she had graduated in 2014, and I was starting UM in August 2015). I really liked the atmosphere of the ad agency she worked at, and after doing some research I decided to switch to an advertising major (I still have a psychology minor).

Finish the sentence: Being a ’Cane...

is always exciting and enriching!

What is it like to study and work at UM?

It’s very different from other places I’ve worked/studied at. I feel like everyone here is always willing and ready to help you and collaborate to create things.


Maria Bucarano

When did you start getting involved on campus?

During spring semester my first year. I used my first semester to get a feel for my classes and figure out what my schedule would look like, and how I could incorporate involvements.

How many clubs/organizations are you a part of?

Currently four.

You obviously know how to manage your time. Any tips for incoming freshmen?

Prioritizing and scheduling. I have my iCal filled and color coded with my class schedule, work schedule, club/org meetings and events so I know what my time commitments are each day. Then it’s just a matter of using free time wisely; as assignments, tests, and projects approach, I make sure I’m working on them in a timely fashion.

What is your routine like in the fall?

The fall semester flies by every year because there’s so much going on! I typically have classes early in the morning, work in the afternoon, and club/org meetings at night. A lot of weekends there will be home football games and I go to all of those. There are also a lot of events going on on campus, and if I’m free, I’ll be at those too. So it flies, and before you know it, it’s spring!

What UM gear do you wear the most?

Oh, the gameday shirts for sure!

If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive), whom would you choose?

Tyler Perry, Stephen King, and Heath Ledger.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My Polaroid camera!

Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

Hopefully, moved out of my parents’ house, living in the city (which city? who knows!), working for an advertising agency.

Do you have a secret talent or surprise party trick?

I know a couple of close-up card tricks, but I’m a little rusty.

What is the one thing you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

I read a quote once that went “The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.” It’s really easy to compare yourself to others/want to be like others, but everyone is on their own journey in life; having that mentality would have helped me a lot back then.

You are about to start your senior year, how are you feeling?

Really excited, but also really nervous! The future is kind of uncertain right now, and when I think about the fact that I have like 10 months to get my life together and be an adult, I break out into a sweat. But this year is when things really start coming together–everything I’ve been working towards for the last three/four years is coming together and that’s exciting!