What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I've had many volunteer experiences. I really enjoy volunteering at elementary schools in my hometown specifically with Kindergarten classes. I've been volunteering at schools for over three years. I also work with my local Boys and Girls Club of America helping supervise and create safe activities for the youth during their summer breaks.
I also work closely with the staff in my local church as well as the Black Ministries Program here at the University of Maryland where I sing every Sunday with the Melodious Praisers. At my home church, I was the designated Sunday School secretary.
I am a member of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists. We often do community services for neighboring communities in Maryland such as tutoring at local middle schools and making cards for chronically ill children.
In high school, I was a member and Parliamentarian of the female community service club: Keyettes. As a member, we often volunteered at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and worked with the Salvation Army.
Any time I see an opportunity to lend my services to help out someone else, especially with children, I never hesitate to jump head first into the job.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Berlage Alternative Break Endowment has financially blessed me with the opportunity to help students in Philadelphia, PA who are dealing with an urban education system as I was. With the money that was graciously donated to me, I no longer have to worry about coming up with about half of the money it would take to fund my alternative break trip and I couldn't be more thankful.