What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Golden Key Officer (Information Technology Director) at the UMD chapter. I'm very active in this position, managing the website and mailing list for the chapter. I'm also involved in event planning and participate in all Golden Key activities, including community service at least once a semester.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
First of all, it is a great honor to be selected for a private scholarship from among many qualified applicants, and it means a lot to me. The Christopher David Malter Memorial Scholarship and the Clifford and Camille Kendall Scholarship have helped enable me to cover all of my educational expenses, including housing and food, so I can dedicate more time to my studies rather than having to work an inordinate number of hours during the semester.
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?
From the moment I was recommended the University of Maryland by an alumnus, I was hooked. At that point, I was still interested in pursuing a career in journalism, and this alumnus had attended the Philip Merrill School of Journalism and thought highly of it. I was also interested in computer science, and perhaps criminal justice. After finding out that both of these programs were very solid at Maryland, I knew it was the perfect match. I ended up not pursuing the journalism avenue, but I have had nothing but positive experiences in both the computer science and criminal justice programs--basically, UMD has turned out to be everything I dreamed and expected it to be. In fact, UMD was the only school I wanted to attend, and actually the only school to which I applied.