8 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Leadership has always been an extremely important factor to me. Going through Boy Scouts, everyone ingrained in me that many times during my life people would look to me for guidance and leadership, since I had training in it. I have taken that approach while at UMD and attempted to be a leader in as many different ways as possible. If there is a class project and nobody wants to step up to be the leader, I always take the position. While at UMD I have attempted my best to lead civically as well. I always read the president's plans and postings, and if I disagree I do my best to contact him. Or if there is an issue on campus I disagree with, I will write an article to the Diamondback paper to share my opinion.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship is the livelihood of my education. Without these scholarships I would not be able to focus as much on my academics and would be forced to work more to pay off my tuition.
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?
Originally, I chose to attend the University of Maryland based off of how close it is to my hometown and the engineering ranking. My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer during my senior year of high school, so I wanted to stay close to home to be able to visit on the weekends to help take care of her. However, now I realize that choosing UMD has made a much larger impact on myself than just location and academics. Over my three years at UMD I have made many new friends, some of these now being my best friends. I have also learned so many new things outside of engineering and greatly broadened my horizons. None of this would have been possible had I not chosen the University of Maryland, and I am thankful every day that I did.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a senior Civil/Environmental Engineering student graduating in May 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Williamsport, MD
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
I am currently a project manager of the UMD Steel Bridge team. We pursue a year long project where we design and build a modular bridge to fit the changing design and construction criteria. The team competes against other schools in the region at the regional conference (4/7-4/9). If our team places in first or second we will move onto the national competition, which will be held at Oregon State this year. UMD Steel Bridge is my favorite extracurricular activity because it has helped expose me to real life design and construction considerations within engineering. It also has helped to improve my problem solving skills, since rarely does a design-build project work out perfectly without any issues. I have made some of my best engineering friends on the team, many of whom I know I will stay in touch with after college.