2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I was part of the Leadership Council in the TLPL department of the College of Education. I represented the graduate student base of my department in that role and I learned quite a bit on how the department functioned.
Next academic year, I will be representing the graduate student community of the university because I was recently elected Graduate Student Senator of the University Senate. I will be involved in shaping policies and issues affecting graduate students in our university.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has helped my 15-year-old son and I survive this academic year! I am a single mom and a full-time student. My main source of income is my GA stipend. I have a few part-time jobs related to the education field to help support my current situation but the scholarship has been beneficial in that it helped us pay one month's mortgage! Thank you!
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?
My favorite part of being a Terp is being able to teach Terp undergraduate students in various education courses!
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
By giving my best when teaching pre-service teachers, and those considering the education profession, I am ensuring that they are in turn doing the same to our future, the children that they teach.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a fourth year PhD student in the College of Education at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a focus on Reading Education. I am pre-candidacy. I plan to advance to candidacy by the end of this Spring semester and start gathering data for my study in Fall 2016. I hope to graduate by 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Singapore but I have lived in the USA since 1998. I currently reside in Nottingham, MD which is Baltimore County.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
I teach EDCI 210 and students get to work with children from Chillum Elementary School in PGCPS. My students create their own after-school courses for an after school program called CHIP. Both undergraduate and elementary students learn a lot from this experience that spans a semester.