Why is the University of Maryland special to you?
The University of Maryland is special to me because it has provided me with so many great opportunities both in academics and in extracurricular activities. Academically, I have had excellent professors who have pushed me to produce high-quality and thought-provoking work. The University has also been flexible, allowing me to double major and earn an Honors citation. During my academic career, I have formed some special relationships with professors who have gone the extra mile to give me additional opportunities and help me out in any way possible. Through extracurricular activities, particularly those in the dance department, I have had numerous opportunities to dance and work closely with faculty members and other esteemed dancers and choreographers. I have also had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center and travel to a dance conference. Finally, the University of Maryland is special to me because I have formed so many meaningful and significant friendships.
What has your scholarship meant to you or enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to further my dance education both at the University of Maryland and outside of college. My scholarship has also allowed me to take more leadership roles in the Dance Department.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland?
I chose to attend the University of Maryland mainly because of the Dance Department. When I visited UM, I had the opportunity to observe a dance class, watch a dance showing, and meet a few of the faculty members. The dancers seemed to be focused, friendly, and hard-working, and the faculty seemed very committed to the program and the dancers. I was very impressed that the department houses a different resident artist every two years and also holds dance residencies each semester. Overall, the department seemed to create a wonderful learning enviroment that would push me to produce my best work and provide me with an outstanding education.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference in the world by touching as many lives as possible and strongly advocating for the arts. I would like to donate money to arts organizations to help get arts into the schools and the community so all people are exposed to the arts at a young age. I would also like to volunteer to help make dance more prominent in the community by performing and teaching in schools or at other outreach programs. In addition, I would like to volunteer for other community causes, and someday form a non-profit organization that supports the arts in my community.