What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Serving as the Assistant Director of the Science, Discover, and the Universe College Park Scholars program has been really important to me. I really enjoyed mentoring and advising students in areas of academics and socioemotional, providing them support in whatever area they need it most in.
Additionally, working as the House Director of Theta Chi fraternity has been amazing. It will be very strange when I graduate in May and leave a place that I have seen as "home" for many years, but I know that they will continue to grow and thrive as an organization and a brotherhood.
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 went to a relatively small high school in Connecticut, and throughout middle school and high school, my family had a lot of challenging obstacles to overcome. When it came time to choose a college, I wanted a fresh start at an outstanding university that would be so big, I would have to push hard to become someone whose accomplishments affected others on a larger scale. The University of Maryland is special because it was the place I really learned to love myself and where I was able to learn the skills I will need to be a positive agent for change in a world plagued with injustice. My favorite part of being a Terp is the fact that I am constantly surrounded by like-minded individuals who continuously challenge me to continue growing and developing, inspiring me to be a lifelong learner.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
As a Professional School Counselor, I will be the person that encourages students not to give up, gives them a reason to smile, and provides them with support in areas of academics, socioemotional, and college- and career-readiness. I want to help to close achievement and opportunity gaps and support traditionally underserved groups, allowing ALL students to succeed.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Bachelor's of Science, Family Science, Class of 2012
Master's of Education, School Counseling, Class of 2016
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