What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
The most meaningful leadership experiences I have had while at the University of Maryland include being a Resident Assistant for incoming freshmen in Easton Hall and serving as a peer educator and mentor for the health center.
I absolutely love being an RA. I think it is one of the most flattering things to serve as a resource to others, impacting their lives in a positive manner. I enjoy bonding with a variety of girls that all have common similarities but yet are still different in many other ways. Bringing them together through activities, programs, impropmtu events and just simple pillow talk in the hallway is so meaningful to me; I feel accomplished as an RA while also feeling like I am having a positive impact and influence on the lives of my residents.
I have served two years as a volunteer of the Health Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The first year, I served as a peer educator for Terp C.H.O.I.C.E.S. In this program, we present our presentation on alcohol, alcohol safety, alcohol poisoning and other drugs to a variety of groups on campus that include UNIV 100 classes, fraternities and sororities, health classes, residential halls and anyone else who requests our presence. I enjoy being a part of Terp C.H.O.I.C.E.S because it gives me the opportunity spread knowledge to my peers about something that is very prevalent on the college campus. I like knowing that, though we may not reach out to everyone and change their mindset about alcohol use, we try to make a difference in the lives of the students on campus. For Terp C.H.O.I.C.E.S, we also table events and host alcoholic- free alternative events on Friday nights for students to attend.