The Promise Scholarship

Margarida Bila

Promise Peer Mentor
Margarida Bila

Office Location

102 Bedford Street




Promise Peer Mentors play a pivotal role in helping to acclimate incoming first-year Promise Scholars to the USM community. Promise Peers serve as a mentor to students to aid them in their academic and personal success at the University. They connect with students through 1:1 meetings, as well as, community service projects and program events.

What's your major and/or minors?

I am currently a junior at USM and I am majoring in Health Sciences.

What's your hometown?
My hometown is Cabinda, Angola.

What has been your favorite class you've taken at USM so far? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite class in USM so far has been Anatomy and Physiology, because I enjoyed learning about how everything in our body is dependent on one another to function at its best. I find it crazy, yet fascinating, it really is deeper than what we see.

What other activities or student clubs are you involved in?
Before COVID (during my freshman year) I was involved in a Christian club and I am hoping to be back there but I am also looking forward to engaging in other clubs this semester, now that we back on campus.

What advice do you have for first year students?
One advice that I’d give first year students is to constantly ask questions as well as help to anyone and everyone because you’d be surprised how much you’d learn and get from just that simple initiative to ask.