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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My greatest leadership experience at Maryland has been within my Fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. I’ve led my fraternity as both treasurer and as an executive board member. Additionally, I have been on both my fraternities’ philanthropy and rush committees. My role as an executive board member taught me how to understand the broad views and goals of the fraternity and make decisions that I knew would not always be heavily agreed upon. The role of treasurer was a great experience for me and aligned with my interest allowing for me to create a more fiscally stable chapter. What I am most proud of in my time as a member of the philanthropy committee was the success that we had putting on the nation’s largest Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention which is a cause I hold very close to me.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
As a student who is financing college entirely on my own, this scholarship means the world to me. Without donors like you I would not be able to afford my study at the University of Maryland. This scholarship has enabled me to pursue my professional career and experience the world. This semester I have had the privilege of studying abroad in London through the Business Exchange Program. This has been an incredible experience for me as I’ve been in the heart of one of the world’s financial centers in a time when market speculation is so uncertain. My time abroad has given me a new perspective on many global issues and daily practices. London is such an international city that I’ve met students from across Europe with vastly different backgrounds. Additionally, the classes I’ve taken while here have allowed me to delve deeper into my topics of interest not offered in smith. When I return to the States I will be interning with Accenture Strategy in Boston for the summer. This will be my second year with Accenture as last summer I had management consulting internship in Arlington that I acquired through HireSmith. Prior to last summer I’d long believed that I wanted to pursue a career within investment banking but after my experience with Accenture I’ve decided I want to pursue a career in strategy consulting within banking and capital markets. I’m very intrigued by the opportunity to travel through my job and am eager to know what city my client will be in for this summer.
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?
Why did I choose the University of Maryland? Growing up in southern New Hampshire I had never considered the University of Maryland, in fact I couldn’t have told you a thing about it. My whole life I saw myself going to a big state school where I’d be free to meet a diverse group of people unlike my small suburb. I actually heard of Maryland through a senior in Spanish class my junior year waiting to hear back. I saw he had a shirt with a turtle on it and thought, “what kind of mascot is a turtle.” So I then started asking him about colleges he was looking at. I at the time thought I wanted to major in computer science, just like him and he told me about the great computer science program. Later that year my mom and I went to D.C. for my first time and I asked if we could visit the school while I was there. Up to this point I’d seen a few schools that I thought I loved like Northeastern and UConn, but I’ll never forget walking up to Mckeldin Mall for the first time, turning to my Mom and saying, “This is where I’m going to go.” Later on after deciding I wanted to major in business, it just so worked out for me that Maryland offered me a top 20 business school. After doing the Terp for a day program I again couldn’t see myself anywhere else. The only problem was I didn’t know how I was going to afford it. My Mom was very uncomfortable with the idea of me leaving school with so much loan debt and it was almost set in stone that I’d be going to the University of New Hampshire where I could afford tuition. The moment when it became a reality for me was during the Smith accepted students day, only one week after the UNH accepted students’ day. After my mother and I saw the opportunities offered by the Smith school compared to those of UNH we decided whatever we had to do, we would make it work. Since getting to Maryland I can confidently say it was the best decision I have ever made. I have enjoyed all the excitement and friendships that come from a big school in a community that places such importance on academics and workplace success. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else and I have donors like you to thank for it. I can’t express my gratitude enough, and await the day that I can do for others what donors such as you have done for me. Thank you.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am majoring in Finance and minoring in statistics and will be graduating in May of 2018. Growing up I'd always been extremely interested in mathematics and for the longest time actually believed I wanted to be a computer engineer. It wasn't until taking my first high school economics class when I realized I was in love with the world of finance. I feel finance allows me to utilize my mathematical way of thinking in combination with my communicational skills. Finance was an excelent decision for me.
What is your Hometown?
I'm from a small town in southern New Hampshire called Exeter.