What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As a member of the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, which focuses on leadership in five different areas, I would like to explain my leadership on campus and in the community in regards to four of the five Omicron Delta Kappa pillars: 1) scholarship, 2) athletics, 3) campus, community, and social activities, and 4) creative and performing arts. I believe my in depth involvement in each of these aspects of campus and society makes me stand out as a multifaceted leader. While I am not a perfect leader in any way, I hope my well-rounded leadership career can be recognized for being widespread. It is this widespread leadership that has allowed me to advance the interests of students and the community. Through acting as a model, I encourage others to become well-rounded individuals and follow through with their passions. I hope that my dedication to developing well-rounded individuals at this university and in society is made evident in reading about some of my highlighted leadership experiences.
Scholarship: I am a University Honors student, one of thirty award recipients for the Maryland Summer Scholars Research program, and recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Senior Scholar Award for my achievements. Because of my academic success, I will attend Columbia University for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy following graduation, where I hope to learn how to lead the field in finding further connections between physical therapy and the use of dance for neurological patients. I also am currently a semi-finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, which I would participate in before attending physical therapy school.
Athletics: I was captain of the Women’s Club Soccer team for the past two years. Both of these years, I led the team to qualifying for the regional tournament, where we finished in the semi-finals both years. I also was a starting player for the 1st Team at University of Cape Town in South Africa, where I studied abroad last spring.
Campus, Community, and Social activities: In Best Buddies, I am a dance event coordinator. In regards to mentoring and tutoring positions, I led tutoring sessions for fifth graders in Khayelitsha, one of the most impoverished townships in South Africa, while studying abroad; I also am a speaking partner that works with foreign Maryland English Institute students, practicing English and teaching them about American culture weekly. In regards to my sorority Alpha Chi Omega, I am a past executive board member and holder of multiple other positions. I currently am Assistant New Member Educator, where I oversee the forty new members in the sorority throughout the entire period before initiation. I was awarded the Panhellenic Association Merit Scholarship, given to one woman committed to leadership in Greek life.
Creative and Performing Arts: I am a recipient of five dance related scholarships. I have been the coordinator for New Lights Improvisation Jams, an ongoing effort to collaborate dance and music students. I also was the only undergraduate student whose choreography was recognized by the School of Dance for this year’s American College Dance Festival. Besides being Dance Captain for one theater production, I was a leader while part of multiple ensembles for main stage performances.
I cannot be more thankful for the opportunities and people I have met at the University of Maryland that have assisted my personal development. I furthermore completely stand by what I wrote as my personal statement when applying to Omicron Delta Kappa. “I am a well-rounded, witty, humble leader who brings energy and a smile to any situation. I am a team member who would rather teach my mission team how to use a saw than just do it myself. I can get a people together for a cause I believe in."