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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My role as a graduate assistant, especially as a co-leader of a team of graduate assistants, has been very important to me during my time at Maryland. I started graduate school part-time and was working full-time, leaving little time for volunteer experiences or extra-curricular activities. I left my full-time job in August 2016 in order to complete my degree as a full-time student and take greater advantage of the opportunities available to me at Maryland. While this was a difficult decision, financial and otherwise, to make, I am grateful for the opportunities to serve as a graduate assistant and become more involved in the Maryland community. This scholarship has helped enable me to do so.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship means a great deal to me. It is a vote of confidence and has helped me to complete my graduate degree as a full-time student. The past three years, I pursued my graduate studies at night after working my full-time job. While I was fortunate that I was able to do so, it was also challenging and I constantly felt like I was being pulled in a lot of different directions and not giving as much time and energy to graduate school as I would like. This scholarship has helped me to give graduate school the time and energy deserves, which means a great deal to me since I only plan to go to graduate school once.
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 the University of Maryland mainly for three reasons. I consider Maryland home and am proud to attend a state university. I also chose Maryland because of the high quality of its faculty and staff and because of the unique MBA/MPP dual degree that the school offers.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
After graduating, I hope to return to housing and community development work in the DMV area either in the public sector or through a non-profit or philanthropy. I pursued graduate studies in order to bring more skills to my work and also to build capacity for the organizations I may work for in the future.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am an MBA/MPP dual degree candidate and will graduating in May 2017. Within the School of Public Policy, my concentration is social policy, and my interests are in urban, housing and community development policy.
What is your Hometown?
Originally from the Philadelphia area, I moved to Towson in 2002 to attend Goucher College as an undergraduate. After graduating, I moved to Baltimore and began working in the housing and community development field, which led me to pursue my graduate studies at University of Maryland.