What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
College Park Scholars Student Advisory Board - I represent the 80 sophomores of Media, Self and Society. I also assist the board in planning our annual charity softball tournament. Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority,Inc. - As a sister, I help plan and execute service projects both for the community at large and for the band program at the University of Maryland, including collecting gifts for underprivileged children for the holidays, canned food drive, raising money to help the band go to New Orleans to participate in Habitat for Humanity's Musicians' Village program and organizing thousands of pieces of music in the school's library. Alternative Spring Break - In just over a week, I will be in Louisiana with Hillel international building more houses with Habitat for Humanity for the week I have off during spring break. I was also in New Orleans this past winter break with the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band. Emergency Medical Technician - I earned my license as an EMT this past summer and I will be in my home state of New Jersey this summer working for my town's ambulance corps.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This summer, I became an Emergency Medical Technician. That inspired me to pursue health as a possible career choice and double-major in journalism and public and community health. Unfortunately, because I decided this so late, I will need an extra semester and/or summer classes to complete this. Because I am out of state, tuition is more expensive and although I have very supportive parents who want me to be able to study something I care about, I feel that any scholarship money I can earn to help lower the cost is a way to thank my parents for their support and let them know it is something that I am consciously aware of.
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 wanted a lot of things in the college I went to. The main two were an active Jewish community and a strong journalism program. Maryland is among the top schools in the nation for both. Other things that I wanted included a band program, a nice campus and just a variety of student activities so that I could try something new. Another reason why I just the University of Maryland is because I was excited about it since I saw it on Maryland Day of my junior year of high school, I did not want to attend a college that I knew I would eventually grow to love. Even as a sophomore, I am still excited every single day to be here. That's how I know I made the right decision.