What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I started the Student Advisory Board for my Honors Program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Since then, I have chaired the board to plan student events and incorporate student feedback into the curriculum for our 150 or so students. I really enjoy working with program staff and all of the students to continue to develop our young honors program.
I also am the President of the Banneker Key Community Council, which plans events for Banneker Key Scholarship Recipients on campus. Recently, we've been working to increase our focus on service and become more closely involved with other parts of the campus community. Just the other day, we made muffins & distributed them to the Snow Removal Crew, as a thank you for their service.
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?
The University of Maryland is home. My family is near by, my father has worked here, and we have visited to attend Maryland Day for as long as I remember. When I decided to study engineering as an undergrad, Maryland was a natural choice.
The diversity of opportunity on our campus is my favorite part of the University. I can major in engineering, study pre-med, study language, and reach for many other opportunities that arise. And not only can I, but so can every student who comes to this University.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Like I mentioned before, mental health is an incredibly underaddressed & increasingly important issue in our society. As we deal with increased access to technology, interactions across many different cultures, and increased complexity in all areas of our lives, it is effecting the way we view ourselves and one another. This can be good, but it also unfortunately has many dangerous side effects, and I want to study psychiatry & mental health so that I can practice medicine to address these issues. When diseases and mental issues stemming from various social conditions are addressed, many individuals will be better able to harness their own potential.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I'm majoring in Electrical Engineering, class of 2017. In addition, I'm taking the biology & chemistry classes that qualify me to be a pre-med student. After graduation, I hope to take a year off to work in the medical field, and then go to medical school. One day, I hope to practice medicine in the field of mental health. I have always enjoyed engineering, and love to learn about it. But my passion is for learning how to make sure everyone has the stability and baseline health to affect positive change with their own dreams.
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class was probably the Psychology of Evil. I took it as a winter course, and so it was the only course I had to focus on at the time. It was taught by the chair of undergraduate Psychology, who is a lively & engaging professor. The small class size and fast pace allowed me to really get into the course material and learn. As a student with an interest in Psychiatry, Psychology is a natural concurrent interest, and the Psychology of Evil spun the subject in a new light. The course was heavy and dark a lot of the time, but my favorite part were the course projects, which were designed to counteract the evil things and conditions we were studying. So, for example, we were assigned to go out and engage in a random act of kindness. Finding a way to do that was one of my favorite college experiences.