What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I recently accepted a position as co-director of the new University of Maryland chapter of Camp Kesem, a organization that puts on free summer camps for kids whose parents have or had cancer. Though a large amount of work still needs to be done before we hope to host our first camp in the Summer of 2018, having the chance to start the new chapter from the ground up -- and aim to establish a tradition that future students will have the ability to carry on -- is an honor. I am confident that the selflessness, innovation, and determination I have seen from my fellow students will help make this chapter an immense success.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has given me the opportunity to continue to pursue a degree not only from a great university, but an exceptional college in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The experiences I have had as a journalism student at Maryland have been one of a kind, to say the least, from sitting on the Xfinity Center floor photographing basketball games to building relationships with local government officials. My financial burden as an out of state student has been lessened through my scholarship, and as a result I have been able to focus on blazing new trails, both in and out of the classroom.
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 the University of Maryland because of its standout academics, athletics and opportunities. In my time here at Maryland I have been taught by adjunct professors who are among the best in their field, seen our athletic teams excel on the field and court and taken part in experiences I simply don't think I would have been able to find anywhere else. Even with thousands of students criss-crossing campus every day, it is possible to find groups that help make Maryland feel like a true community. My favorite part of being a Terp stems from this sense of togetherness; our school spirit is undeniable, and I am proud to say I am a Maryland student, whether I am near or far from campus.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I'm a strong believer that the key to making yourself happy is to make others happy, and one day I hope to maintain a job that allows me to do both. While I'm not entirely sure what I want to do yet, my goal is to be able to express my creativity, be challenged, and have fun every day. If I can make other people happy -- even in small ways -- through my work, I think I, too, will feel fulfilled. I acknowledge that it may be difficult to make large-scale changes overnight, but if I try to approach each situation with others in mind, hopefully I will able to get the ball rolling on a more positive world.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a junior multiplatform journalism major and am working toward a creative writing minor. I anticipate graduating in the Spring of 2018.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
Working for WMUC Sports, an on-campus, student-run news organization, has allowed me opportunities I dreamed about as a kid. I currently serve as Multimedia Director for the station, and as such I have the incredible privilege of getting to sit on the baseline for men's basketball games to shoot photos, attend basketball and football press conferences, and film game recaps with student broadcasters after the game. I've gotten to talk with athletes whose posters I have hanging on my wall. WMUC Sports has given me a sneak-peek into what the industry of sports journalism probably looks like, and having the chance to be immersed in such a real-world setting will likely give me a significant advantage in the workforce.