What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
- For the past eight years, I have volunteered for the Prevention of Blindness Society of Greater Washington. I assist with fundraising efforts conducted through their antique shop in Kensington, Maryland. Because the store is supported solely through donations, I am one of several volunteers that help run the place. I sort, price, clean, and, in some cases, identify the donated items. However, most of my time there is spent serving customers. - I also teach Irish dancing to young children in Aspen Hill. I have been an Irish dancer for nearly a decade and I have served as a teacher's assistant in the younger classes for three semesters. I really enjoy teaching the youngest children because they are so excited to be in class and to learn new steps. Their enthusiasm is the best part of the whole job. - For a couple weeks every year, I also serve as an assistant at Rockville Nursery School and Kindergarten. I help out in the three year olds' classroom. I help supervise the children, execute lesson plans, and oversee playground and lunch times.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Because I did not have to save all my money for tuition and fees, I was able to go abroad for the very first time. During high school, I saved most of my money from my summer jobs, expecting to spend it on tuition. Once I realized I had the opportunity to spend the money on something else, I immediately decided to study abroad. As a freshman, I went on a school-sponsored trip to Genoa, Italy for the winter term. I loved walking the old and winding streets of Genoa, and plan to visit again one day.