What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
One of the most memorable and useful leadership experiences for me was the role of team leader in my semester-long group project for my forensics course. It was synonymous to the role of lead investigator in law enforcement and I made many important decisions concerning what evidence was valuable and should be analyzed. I also recently became the Kiwanis Relations Chair for a service club on campus called Circle K International, which I am excited about because I have done numerous service projects under this organization. It was also important to me to serve a religious community so I became a lector at the Catholic Student Center and continued my role as Recording Secretary on my local parish committee.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has been invaluable to me as a double-major for whom it would be very difficult to work while in university to fund my education. I am able to focus on my studies as I live close to campus, as well as discover new clubs, honor societies, and other organizations with the time I save not having to worry about paying tuition and housing costs. Finally, this scholarship saved me enough money that I am able to study abroad this summer in Poland, my home country, to take an intensive, month-long language course at a renowed university there.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose to study at the University of Maryland because it offers infinite opportunities to grow. I knew I wanted to go here when I researched criminology programs and found this school was the first in the nation in the field. The vast number of majors also excited me and allowed me to add psychology as a double major. The proximity to the U.S. capital in addition to the beautiful campus and variety of student groups cemented my choice to study here.
This campus holds so many memories and allowed me to have so many new experiences. I have met my closest friends through marching band, the Honors Humanities program, and other student organizations and also tried out new foods and experiences in my free time. I have also delved deeper into my personality in other ways, such as becoming more aligned with my faith and growing to love fitness. Finally, I met a diverse group of students from various backgrounds and my worldview changed. As a result, this campus is my home and offering a host of new experiences that are changing who I am.
My favorite part of being a Terp is seeing what my fellow students are creating for the world. For example, in my living and learning program, Honors Humanities, students are required to create a Keystone project during their first two years and I am always amazed at the work that my peers produce, be they research papers, pieces of art or literature, etc. The students within my majors also continuously brainstorm new ideas and solutions in a way that inspires me to work harder toward my own goals and dreams.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I wish to work alongside special agents in the U.S. government to better serve national interests and protect Americans so I plan to work as an intelligence analyst for a federal agency such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. My language and cultural fluency in Polish and Spanish, pairing of human empathy and critical thinking skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and work ethic driven by a passion for justice will help me achieve that goal of protecting this nation and those who serve it at home.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My name is Anna Bieganowska and I am a sophomore majoring in Criminology and Psychology with a minor in Spanish.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Columbia, Maryland. This is in Howard County and my high school experience there greatly prepared me for college.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
This is a difficult question! I think I have to pick serving as a board member for the University Student Judiciary. The specific board I served on heard cases of nonacademic misconduct and protects the most student rights because it is a middleman between the student and the university administration. This organization has real impact and is similar to a criminal court setting to a certain extent. I learned a lot from this experience but also fully enjoying debating cases with other motivated peers that have a strong sense of right and wrong.