What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time here at Maryland, I have been involved with many organizations. Some that have really helped to shape my college experience are Student Entertainment Events (SEE), Alpha Delta Pi Sorority (ADPi), Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed Service Fraternity (APO), and Alternative Breaks (AB). With SEE, I held the positions of Membership Director and Co-Sponsorship Director. Being in these two positions has definitely helped me to become more professional and organized, and bettered my communication skills. In ADPi, I found a support group that encouraged me to be my best self and offered me many opportunities for learning. In ADPi, I helped to plan Bid Day and many sisterhood bonding events. APO really helped to shape my college experience because I joined my sophomore year, and being in it really encouraged me to open up to my peers and really put myself out there. It also started my love for volunteering and helping others, and allowed me to learn about different social issues affecting my community. Another organization that involves community service that I am involved with is AB. Being and AB experience leader furthered my love for volunteering, and allowed me to develop my skill as a leader.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Joining SEE was definitely the best decision of my college career. I have become more confident in myself and my abilities. Receiving the SEE Scholarship has helped me to continue on with my studies and be involved with SEE. Being in SEE has helped me discover my passion and decide on a career path, which I am forever grateful for.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a psychology and communication double degree, and I'm a senior graduating May 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Prince George's County, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One of my most memorable experiences here at UMD was my first semester being involved with SEE as the Membership Director. Usually when a new member joins, they have a training semester before taking on the position full-time. However, I didn't have this opportunity because the person who's position I was taking over went to study abroad. Although she wasn't there physically, she left me a very detailed document of what I needed to do and was available via email if I had any questions for her. But I still felt like I was at a disadvantage by not having someone there to help me. Throughout the semester I was constantly asking my advisor and fellow directors questions about what to do and for advice. They were all very helpful in making sure I was doing the right thing. My biggest task came when planning the VIP Reception for alumni, sponsors, friends, and family of SEE and its members. The VIP Reception is held at our big end-of-the-year concert, Art Attack. I worked hard to help plan a memorable reception, which I found hard to do because I've never been to one before so I wasn't completely sure on how it should look. My colleagues reassured me, and there faith in me really helped me to believe in myself to plan a great reception. In addition to planning the VIP Reception, all directors were required to help set up the stage, sound, lighting, and security bike racks for Art Attack. As you can imagine, this required a lot of time and energy. It was difficult for me at first because I've never done anything that was so taxing on my body. But I was able to get through it and set up a great venue with the help of the other directors. During most of the concert, I was attending to the VIP Reception to make sure things were running smoothly. When I was able to slip away, I went down to the floor of the concert to hang out with the other directors and enjoy the concert. I remember one director telling me to look out at the crowd and take in the moment. When I looked out into the crowd of 10,000 attendees, I almost cried. After a long semester of not sure if I was doing my job right, I finally felt relief that all my hard word had paid off. Knowing that a group of about 40 students could put on something so big had me in awe. At that moment, I knew I wanted to do this forever, and continue to help plan events for people to create lasting memories, no matter how stressful it might be at times.