What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have volunteered in a number of positions during the last few years. My biggest project was hosting an animal food and supplies drive at a local elementary school. All of the collected items were donated to the Humane Society of Carroll County. I also volunteered as a mentor and tutor for young students in the area. Since beginning classes at UM, I've joined two student organizations, the Navigators, a christian fellowship, and the Animal Husbandry Club. In the AHC, I am a co-chair for the fundraising committee. I am also a College Park Life Science Scholar.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship means a lot to me. It makes me feel honored that I was chosen over many qualified students to receive the award. Also, the award from the scholarship will help with my tuition.
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 UM because of my family's history of attending the university. Also, because it is the closest school to offer an animal science major. The diversity here is amazing and there is always something to get involved with. Finally, I saw UM as an opportunity to grow since I am from such a small rural town.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
With my degree in Animal Science, I can choose to further my education in Vet School, or go into the field of research. In either path I choose, I would use my knowledge to educate the public through medical practice or through my findings and scientific journals.