What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
President of Sigma Alpha Iota Founder and Coordinator of Parkinson's Disease Research Campaign Member of Omicron Delta Kappa Vice President of Community Service, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, NSCS, and Priannum Honor Societies Manager of two "music for all occasions" businesses Volunteer at the ESL Center in Langley Park
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
As an out-of-state student, my scholarships have relieved a huge finanical burden from my family. My father has Parkinson's disease and we are rather overwhelmed with medical bills, so the scholarship relief has allowed me to attend an out-of-state school with an excellent music department without accumulating debt.
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 choose this University for its respected music school and diverse educational opportunities. I did not want to be limited by a conservatory and hope to experience a well-rounded education.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I feel called to use music to effect positive change in the world. In the past few years, I (along with my sorority Sigma Alpha Iota) have raised nearly $10,000 with benefit dances to support the National Parkinson Foundation. This summer, I will continue to use music to help other by venturing to an impoverished section of Costa Rica to teach music to orphans. I hope that I can use music, something so inherently good and something shared by all people, to change our society.