What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Seeing as I grew up actively participating in Girl Scouts from kindergarten through my senior year of high school, leadership and volunteering has always played an important role in my life. My Girl Scout Gold Award project was starting an after school program at an elementary school in my neighborhood that taught students about energy and water conservation. The intention of this program was to get students thinking about how to be environmentally conscious from a young age so they could maintain those good habits while growing up- there was no surprise when I entered UMD as an Environmental Engineering major! Since entering college, I have tried to remain active in the community. During spring break of 2013, I participated in an Alternative Spring Break to the Chesapeake Bay. Myself and ten other students spent the week camping along the Philip Merrill Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters. We worked with different organizations to build oyster reefs as part of their oyster restoration program, to plant trees to help water infiltration, and went to Annapolis to hear the latest regulation impacting the Bay.
As far as leadership, this is my second year serving as the Secretary of the Concrete Canoe Team, a club through the American Society of Civil Engineers. Throughout the year, we work to design, build, and race a canoe completely out of concrete to compete against different schools in the region. This project requires an extensive application of project management skills, as it is completely student run. In addition to building the canoe each school is also responsible for submitting a technical report, creating an Engineer’s Notebook, and giving a presentation at Regional's. Outside of the Clark School, I am currently a mentor for the newest cohort of the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams Honors Program. This provides me with an unique experience to see the other side of the program from when I entered as a sophomore. We are taught how to facilitate our team (of five students) through the forming, storming, norming, and performing stages in addition to teaching them how to implement quality tools. It is a great experience to see them all grow as a team and as individuals while serving as a resource to provide them with an experience as beneficial as I found with the program.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
I am extremely grateful for the generous scholarships I have received. It means that I have one less weight on my shoulders as I work to earn my degree. Though I still hold a part-time job on campus, these scholarships enable me to devote more time to both my studies and extra-curricular's. It is extremely rewarding to be able to spend my time involved in clubs and organizations that allow me to contribute to the University of Maryland community. More so, it is nice to have my hard-work and dedication recognized and is encouraging that I too will be able to give back to the community and undergraduates at Maryland when I graduate.