What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Maryland, I have had various volunteer and leadership experiences, locally and abroad. In the immediate community, I mentored and tutored troubled teens in Safe Passages, a program through the Department of Juvenile Services. This experience helped me relate to an underserved population by being a role model to those who need it the most.
I also had the opportunity to study and volunteer abroad in El Salvador and Honduras, respectively. In both countries, I was involved with education projects such as teacher training, after-school tutoring, and school construction. My time in Central America has instilled in me a passion for the culture and the desire to be fluent in Spanish, which is what guided my decision to return to Honduras this summer for a month.
My volunteer and leadership opportunities throughout college have definitely shaped me as an individual and have significantly changed my perspective on life. I try not to take anything for granted, and to appreciate small gains and accomplishments, for many small gains lead to huge success.