What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus for a majority freshmen residence hall on campus, I have tried my best to be a leader and peer adviser for my residents. Whether it be giving guidance, tips, or simply just being a friend, I have enjoyed my experience being an RA. I am also a financial officer for an organization on campus called Innoworks that serves to design and implement a science camp for middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds free of charge. I have been a mentor, and enjoy working with students, so it has been a rewarding experience. I have also attended an alternative break trip to aid the hunger and homelessness in Chicago which was also another eye-opening experience.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has meant that I should be extremely grateful for everything and that I should prepare to give back in some way in the future! Also, it allowed me to feel at ease so that I did not have to burden myself or my parents for the costs of everything. On top of all that, I was able to be involved in many different extracurricular activities.
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've only lived in Maryland since moving to the United States 14 years ago, I haven't even visited many other states. I also didn't really have much preference in which college I attended. I visited this campus once with friends before I chose to come here! But I have absolutely no regrets, everything about this school has been fantastic and I've really enjoyed my time here at Maryland.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to make a positive difference in the world through work that will aid others. Whether it be a non-profit organization that strives to help third world countries, or a small business that works toward making a change, I hope to make a positive difference in the world through my small contribution with the skill sets I have acquired throughout school and my experiences. Also, I want to help others around me that may need assistance in some way or another.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a senior graduating in the class of 2015.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is South Korea, but I moved to the United States in 2000. I've lived in Germantown, MD for the majority of my time here!
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
I like to do a lot of stuff. I like to play soccer, rock climb, run 5ks, go camping, hiking, and all the outdoors stuff. I also like to help out students that need anything. As a resident assistant on campus, I've helped out numerous underclassmen in my residence hall with all types of issues. I also helped a lot of my fellows friends and peers in terms of giving advice on how to get more involved. One of my closest friends was a transfer student and I really helped him get adjusted to the university as well. I really enjoy giving guidance to incoming freshmen and telling them all about our school and being part of Smith Leadership Institue has allowed me to help many students out and inform them about the different opportunities available here at the Smith school. To be quite honest, I am not sure what I want to do in the future, but as of now, I know that I want to go join the Peace Corps once I become a U.S. Citizen and also work for non-profit organizations as well. One of my favorite clubs I've been a part of for a long time here at University of Maryland has been Innoworks academy, and I suggest everyone to go check it out!