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?
The strength of UMD’s business school, diversity of its students, and affordability as a top-notch state school made the University of Maryland the compelling choice for me. As an accounting major, it is fairly obvious why the quality of the business school at UMD mattered to me. The diversity at UMD was a critical factor because I thought it would be interesting to meet and engage with people who had different experiences and viewpoints from my own; my time at UMD has not disappointed me in that aspect. Finally, paying in-state tuition for a university of such high quality appealed to me from a financial perspective; I blame my predisposition as a budding (at the time) accounting major for that as well.
UMD is special to me as the place where I have made so many of my friends. Through living with other honors college students my first year, taking classes with other business fellows and students, and everything else I have met many different intelligent, interesting, and kind people all over campus; I know that many of these people will remain my friends for life.
My favorite part of being a Terp is the fantastic sense of community. Whether at sports games, walking around campus, networking with alumni, or any other activity, the vibe that Terps give off towards each other is very friendly and welcoming; Terps are almost always eager to share their experiences with each other and lend a helping hand.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a senior majoring in accounting. My Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree will be finished this semester, with my graduation occurring in May; my Master of Science in Accounting degree from UMD will be earned one year later, in May 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Rockville, Maryland (the suburbs of Washington D.C.).
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class was a graduate-level course on Leadership. The theory behind different aspects of leadership (emotional intelligence, biases, authenticity vs. flexibility, etc.) were all extremely interesting, and the course’s inclusion of hands-on portions of the course, through cases, simulations, mock meetings, and more, was unique and provided immensely valuable experience.