What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am currently the fundraising chair for a student organization on campus, called Kedma. Now, fundraising on a college campus is undoubtedly difficult, and I have had my fair share of struggles, but I see the value in it overall. Any funds that I can bring into the student organizaition can be applied to social events and programs that other board members are planning. I try my best to rasie money and give back to my community.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
As an out-of-state student, I incur a lot of debt in order to pay tuition. This has been the first expereince where I have understood the gravity of student loans. I can see the pressure it puts on my parents, and the pressure it puts on me. Therefore, receiving my scholarship has been a beacon of hope in this stressful period of my life. My family and I are grateful, and I am honored by the recognition. For someone besides my parents to offer praise for my hard work and accomplishments is a fantastic feeling. Especially at a large school like Maryland, receicing this type of acknowledgement is very powerful. Receiving this scholarship has ecnouraged me to apply to other scholarships, and has shown me that hard work does pay off.
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 Maryland because of its large Jewish community. As an Orthodox Jewish student, a strong community is vital for my daily practices. But what the communtiy represents to me is a family. It is important for college students to carve out communties for themselves to make university feel smaller, and the Jewish community at Maryland serves that purpose. I have an instant friend group, access to advice from upperclassmen, and people to provide friendship, love, and support. Maryland has the largest Orthodox Jewish community on a secular college campus in America, and it is a huge pull for Orthodox students.
But what I appreciate most is the ability to branch out conifdently when I already have a strong base. I have enjoyed meeting new students and expanding my cultural horizons outside of my community. I have spoken with Christian and Muslim students of our shared values and philosophy, and I have shared my life with anyone who has asked. The larger Maryland community is diverse, and I love it.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My current professional plan is to become an orthopedic surgeon, focusing on prosthetics. I have wanted to become a doctor since middle school, and in high school I realized how cool bioengieering is and how well it ties into my professional goals. My dream is to work as an orthopedic surgeon and implant prosthetics that I design myself. This goal, in my opinion, is a lofty one, but one that will imbue meaning into my daily professional activites, which is rare for most adults. I hope to make a difference in amputees lives, whether they be veterans or cancer patients, and restore their lives as best as I can. One day, prosthetics may be so advanced that they may be superior to natural limbs. Though that day scares me because of its implications, I am excited nonetheless for my future and the future of the orthopedic field.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a bioengineering major, on the pre-med track, planning to graduate in 2020.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Buffalo Grove, IL, which is a northwestern suburb of Chicago. I am about 50 minutes from the city.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class that I am currently taking is ENES100. In ENES100, I work on a team of seven other engineering majors of different disciplines in order to complete a certain mission that we have been tasked with. My favorite part of the class is the multi-disciplinary subjects that are covered. As a bioengineer, I am interested in all of the hard sciences, and as a seeker of knowledge, I am interested in any education that I can receive. Therefore, the spread of subjects in ENES100, ranging from coding Arduino, to 3D-printing, to building a circuit, appeals to me greatly. I love the tools that are available to us, including soldering irons, saws, and sanders, because I like working with my hands. I hope to utilize what I learned in ENES100 in my future endeavors and personal projects.