What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As a freshman, I actively pursued a research position. I worked under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey Davis on a carbon nanotechnology project. I was awarded a fellowship (one of eight) under the Rollinson Fellowship Program. As a sophomore, I continued my pursuit by working as a research fellow for Howard Hughes Medical Foundation. I was asked to represent the Life Science Department at a freshmen recruit open house. Also, I spent hours helping individuals from the local community learn English. I was awarded the Nathan Drake Award for my achievements. As a junior, I undertook new challenges. I became the president of the Golden Key International Honour Society; volunteer at the campus health center; peer mentor for biological science majors; fellow under the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation for research of guanosine nanotubes; Life Sciences Legislator for the Student Government Association; and scribe at the Anna Arundel General Hospital Emergency Room. But receiving the John J. Leidy Foundation Scholarship as an outstanding junior again rewarded my challenges and determination. As a senior, I continued my term as the president of the Golden Key International Honor Society and my work with the Peer Mentor program. Through my membership in Senior Council, Sapienza Barone, Assistant to the President of the University of Maryland, asked me to serve as the co-chair of the Senior council Spring Commencement Speaker Committee and to introduce the commencement speaker.
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?
Over many years, my father introduced me to discoveries and technological advances biology and chemistry. Those ideas and discoveries, including, for example, neurocomputers, plasma-gas flat screen technology, goat clones, and gene therapy provided the catalyst for me to explore these courses in high school, which later formed the basis for me to major in biochemistry. When applying to college, my main concerns were academic preparation and internship availability. Internships allow students to experience in depth the abundant opportunities available while working in professional fields. They prepare students for real life situations by examining the interplay of theories and concepts learned. The University of Maryland?s location allows its students to intern in Washington, D.C. or Baltimore areas during the academic school year.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I understand the demands of a medical practitioner, but also know how a physician touches each patient in a meaningful way, that is, hope. I personally experienced how a physician affected me. My childhood physician erased my fears, and assured me of his personal interest in my case, when I was faced with possible cancer (later, Children?s Hospital confirmed that I did not have cancer). But his thoughtfulness and attentive care left a lasting impression on me, and, for me, was the initial spark toward my seeking a professional medical career. I look forward to the challenges that medicine presents and offers to patients. My research experience as an Undergraduate Fellow for three years with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Rollinson Programs certainly enhanced my skills and knowledge as a researcher and scientist. I do not know where the road of medicine will take me, but I would like to consider myself as a visionary, that is, finding a cure for a disease, relieving patient ailments, or advancing medicine for the betterment of men and women.