What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My role as Vice President of Maryland Wishes, a student-run club that raises money for the Mid-Atlantic Make-A-Wish Foundation, is very important to me. We started as a very small club, but we are paving the way for future members to become very involved and help kids with terminal illnesses have something to look forward to.
I also really enjoy tutoring 4th graders, in math and science, at Carole Highlands Elementary School, which is a school near Maryland's campus. I have found that helping these kids with their understanding is very rewarding and I love getting to know them as friends and being a mentor to them.
Recently, in the Animal Science lab, I have been volunteering my time and I have created my own research proposal that I will be starting as an experiment that deals with the effects of electrolytes on heat-loss in laying hens. This heat-loss can lead to safety problems during the summer and during the transportation of birds to farms. This project is teaching me independence and allowing me to use my creativity, along with my knowledge of science.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The scholarship relieves some of the financial burdens in my life. Since I am a full-time student, paying for everything through my summer jobs or loans, including housing, tuition, books, and parking, becomes very overwhelming. Every grant or scholarship I receive means so much to me, and I am sincerely grateful. Through this scholarship, I have been able to help offset the costs of tuition, so as to decrease my student loans.
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?
I chose the University of Maryland becuase I love the school spirit that is always in the air here. Coming from a small town, I love how big the school is and how many opportunities are presented to us and are near us in D.C. or Baltimore. All of the memories I have made with my friends on campus make UMD special to me. Walking past Testudo on McKeldin or hearing the alma mater play, from the chapel, fills me with school pride, which is my favorite thing about being a Terp.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a junior majoring in General Biology on the pre-medical track. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Western Maryland, near the Deep Creek Lake area. My hometown is a small town about 10 minutes away from the lake called Accident, Maryland.