What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have already filled the role of teacher to several of my peers and younger students. I have trained NASA interns in summer positions and I have trained undergraduates on how to use laboratory equipment safely and effectively. I do not rely solely on organized volunteer opportunities, but rather meet the needs of other human beings as often as I can as needed. I have given the gloves off my hands to a homeless gentleman in Baltimore, I have most recently donated some of my clothing and shoes to a local collection, and numerous other day-to-day deeds.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship recognition brings me continued pride and honor. It fills me with an even greater sense of duty and commitment into my pursuits.
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?
My decision to attend UM was a difficult one at first but was the right choice. My senior year of high school I had been accepted to UM as well as UPenn in Philadelphia. My brother was at Drexel at the time and loved Philly so thought the choice was obvious. I on the other hand had learned that the engineering at Maryland was top-notch and encouraged research, projects, and the hands-on engineering that I had hoped for since my "Lego-playing age".
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I refuse to work for a company or an organization that has a negative or war-promoting impact on the world and its people. Still further, I will not work toward any goal that will negatively impact the environment. What I've described so far will only "not hurt" the world though, and not necessarily improve it, thus I will do my best to incorporate "green" ideas into my career pursuits, dedicate my knowledge and experience to improving the education of future generations, and I will attack the many problems this world faces with a conquering mentality and a relentless drive.