What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Since my freshman year, I have been an active member of the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. The fraternity has given me the opportunity to develop professionally and personally through the professional events we host and the community service activities we participate in. Additionally, I have held numerous leadership positions, including Director of New Business Opportunities, Director of Pledge Unity, and currently, Executive Vice President. These positions have very different responsibilities, and thus have allowed me to gain different perspectives and acquire different skills while fulfilling my jobs. For example, as Director of New Business Opportunities, I had the opportunity to develop new business ideas and revenue streams for our fraternity. We worked together to test out a catering program in our business school, and we worked with a manufacturing company to sell customized clothing to student groups on campus. As Director of Pledge Unity, I had the chance to be an integral part of the pledge team. I facilitated the unification of our pledge class, I established mentor-mentee pairs among pledges and members of the fraternity, and I acted as a guide for any pledges who needed help. Currently, I serve as the Executive Vice President and work as a dynamic duo with our President to ensure that the fraternity sets strategic goals and works to meet them. I am also responsible for managing and overseeing our other leadership members, including helping them to plan events. Finally, I am responsible for completing our Annual Chapter Report which acts as a planning and evaluation tool for our chapter. I document each of the events we host, ensuring that the events meet fraternity standards, fit within our budget, and run smoothly. Overall, my active membership in the fraternity has enabled me to become a better leader- improving my communication skills, understanding how to work with people of varying personalities, and becoming a guide and mentor for many to follow.