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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am Vice President of the UMD Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TWS), which has given me amazing opportunities for professional development, supporting our local environment, and inspiring that initiative in our members. Through this position, I have created partnerships with the UMD Campus Arboretum and Montgomery County Weed Warriors, an invasive plant removal team. These partnerships help better our community and wildlife habitat, along with provide our members with valuable knowledge and skills. UMD has also given me the opportunity to volunteer with one of my professors conducting deer research in local parks, an incredible opportunity that has helped prepare me for my future career.
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 attend UMD for their Wildlife Ecology and Management program. This place is where I gained the knowledge that allowed my dreams to become tangible, not only through classes, but through volunteer and research opportunities. I have met some pretty remarkable people throughout my journey here and am thankful for the network that supports me and keeps me motivated. These amazing people make being a Terp feel like home.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I'm a rising senior Environmental Science and Policy: Wildlife Ecology and Management student, double minoring in Sustainability Studies and Geographic Information Sciences (GIS).
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One of my favorite experiences at UMD was co-leading a campus subset of Lights Out, an initiative to decrease bird-window collisions in urban areas. Student volunteers followed a walking transect of 6 buildings from 4-5 am and 12-1 pm on weekdays and 6-8 am on weekends. This lasted for a 10-day period of peak migration in October, in which 22 birds were found deceased. While this project is morbid, it brought the campus community together for a common goal: protect birds on campus. This research proved we have an issue that needs to be resolved and TWS is working on a grant to implement bird-safe windows on high-mortality buildings. I am proud to be a part of this initiative and was happy to see so many students willing to come together at absurd hours of the morning for this project.