What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Although I still work a part time job, my scholarship lets me work much less hours per week, so that I can study more often and better focus on my classes. Thanks to my scholarship, I also need to take out less money in student loans, which ensures I won't be overburdened by debt and need to quickly choose a job I may not like once I graduate. Lastly, my scholarship enables me to consider academic opportunities that would otherwise be unaffordable, such as studying abroad, taking summer or winter term classes, living on campus to fulfill a requirement of joining CIVICUS, and volunteering away from home with groups like Habitat for Humanity.
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 transfer to UMD from Oberlin College my sophomore year because of it's more diverse student body, close proximity to Washington, DC, urban environment, and frequent and myriad social opportunities, like sporting events, concerts, and the like. Additionally, I knew that my less-popular minor of Russian coupled with my joining CIVICUS would allow me the benefits of a smaller school, like small class sizes, better and more personal advising, closer relationships with professors, and closer/more frequent interactions with students, while enjoying the assests of a larger school-- such as better sports programs, nicer facilities (especially the gym!), more clubs and other extracurriculars to join, a larger selection of classes and professors, a larger study body to interact with, and more social opportunities-- in my other classes and experiences.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference in the world by using my skills to help those in need and the less fortunate, because I believe too many people in this world only care about themselves, leaving a huge and largely unfulfilled need for compassionate philanthropists.