What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarships, both from the university and from private donors, bring the words independence and responsibility to mind. Both of my parents were able to put themselves through college on their own, and although I do not work to put myself through college as they did, I feel that the independence and autonomy the scholarships have given me are important to my transformation into an adult independent from my parents. After helping me accomplish a goal, a University of Maryland professor once told me not to thank him with words, but to do something to help others when I find myself in a position to do so. As a recipient of a scholarship, I know that I have a responsibility to help someone, just as I have been helped, when I am able to.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I guess it is every young scientist's dream to invent an amazing material, find a cure for a disease, or discover something that would improve the quality of human life in some way. Besides accomplishing one or more of these obvious goals, I would like to share my passion for science and for swimming with younger people. Right now, I am the assistant coach of Greenbelt Municipal Swim Team, where I have coached the eight & under age group and currently coach the 11-12 age groups. I love sharing my knowledge and love of swimming with my swimmers, and I hope to share my love of science in a similar fashion.