What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Through 4-H, I have held many leadership roles and participated in a variety of community service activities. For example, I have served as president and secretary for two different clubs, chaired fundraising events for local charities and organizations, and served in a host of lesser, but still important roles in the clubs. I have also participated several times in such community service activities as Toys for Tots and Adopt A Social Worker. Perhaps my favorite community service activity, however, was the Thanksgiving food basket that our 4-H club would put together by donations of food from each family, and then present to a family in need. The first time I had the opportunity to meet a less fortunate family in this type of setting was eye-opening to say the least.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship is very important to me as it has lessened the financial burden of higher education allowing me to pursue my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
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?
When I was looking at colleges during my senior year of high school, I was looking for a place that offered the most bang for the buck--I found that place to be the University of Maryland. While I would have preferred a slightly more rural setting, I have very much enjoyed my time here at Maryland. The people that I have met at this University have been some of the most intelligent and inspiring characters that I have had the pleasure of getting to know, and looking back I firmly believe that I made the right decision when I matriculated to this University. My favorite part of being a Terp is getting to know new people through extracurricular activities and making life-long friends.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
In the future I hope to make a positive impact on the world through application of my skills and some philanthropic efforts. I hope to be an enormously successful business person and veterinarian not because I cherish having tons of money, but because I want to be able to donate large amounts of money to assist in various research initiatives in a meaningful way.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a junior majoring in Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine. I also hope to pick up a general business minor with the business school and will be graduating in May 2018.
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Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class at the University has been Experimental Embryology (ANSC435). Not only does it closely follow my future career goals with embryo transplant, but it is exciting because it is very hands-on. We practice nearly all of the concepts that we learn about, such as cryopreservation, embryo sorting and in-vitro maturation and fertilization, embryo biopsies, splitting and cloning, etc. Every Thursday we get to practice the methods that we learned about the previous Tuesday lecture, which I find to be a very effective and exciting way to learn about this field. It has also been a very practical class, with the techniques learned in this class being directly transferrable to the industrial/commercial setting.