What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have served for four years as a member of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG). I have served as the organization's Solar Campaign Coordinator, Chapter and State Board Treasurer, and Radio Show Host. This has provided me an opportunity to engage with students, politicians, businesses, and the media on environmental and public interest issues. It has also allowed me to build skills in organizing, public speaking, persuasion, and stakeholder engagement.
I am also proud to have served on the BSOS Sustainability Task Force. This position has helped me develop professional skills in grant writing, job searching, and social media presence.
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?
When I was completing my graduation project, I happened to come across a list of schools known for their work in environmental and sustainable practices. The University of Maryland caught my eye because of its proximity to Washington, D.C. As a lifelong follower of news and politics, I knew that I had to have access to the nation's capital. I was wary at first, though. I did not want to go to a large state school and become a number among tens of thousands. However, after my first visit, I realized that I would have no trouble establishing a sense of community at the University of Maryland. Ultimately, my decision to come to Maryland was based on more than its emphasis on my field of interest. The sense of community I felt on campus made it seem smaller and more inclusive. I felt that it was the perfect place for me to fit in and feel small while still a part of something larger.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
As a member of MaryPIRG, the campus student advocacy group, I have the opportunity to influence politicians by letting them know how students feel. Politicians often overlook youth, but by discounting young voters, they risk alienating an entire generation of citizens. I am committed to making sure that young people have a voice at the state and federal level. Ultimately, I hope to empower all young people to speak out on issues they believe in and become a potent force in politics.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
B.S., Environmental Science and Policy: Concentration in Politics and Policy
Minor: Resource and Agricultural Policy in Economic Development
Graduation: May 2016