3 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I served as the volunteer coach of the Maryland Men’s Novice Crew team for the Fall 2016 season. This was the first position I had held in which my leadership skills would be a factor to success. Over the eight years of my own competitive rowing, I had experienced both good and bad coaching; the difference having a pronounced impact on both individual and team performance. Immediately, it became apparent that the mundane matters of running a rowing team would require my attention. Who would be responsible for returning equipment to its proper place, or for notification and scheduling of practices? What about a policy for determining the legitimacy of a missed practice? However, these matters paled in comparison to the two largest leadership issues I confronted: discipline and motivation. What methods could I find to push my rowers beyond their present physical capabilities? After all, these are full-time students devoting upward of 30 hours a week to practice sessions, a great part of which time they were at the limits of physical endurance. And while improved times for individual and team rows were encouraging, they were missing the “juice” of real competition. Could I keep practices fun and hone skills enough to keep the team together and ready for the upcoming intercollegiate regattas? Thankfully the answer was yes. In late October, my rowers attended their first regatta in Philadelphia finishing sixth out of 35 boats. Happiness all around.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My immediate response to the award of a scholarship has been a sense of relief from the worries of paying a pending tuition bill. That feeling is then soon supplanted by an appreciation that the bulk of the benefits afforded by that scholarship lie in the future. For the value of the award is never its face amount. There are also the interest payments on the loan that the scholarship supplants that would add to the economic burden incurred by this out-of-state student in need of financial aid. Pride in the recognition of my academic achievements is a welcome motivator for continuing to make the efforts necessary to excel. However, the ultimate worth of a scholarship is that it helps me to garner an education here at the University of Maryland that will expectantly lead to a meaningful and rewarding career. I cannot now know which specific future opportunities a scholarship has helped to bring forward, but at the times they are realized, I will remember how they were brought about.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
The answer to this question is one that I expect changes with life experience and is best thought about in the abstract. Presently, I can claim the intention to conduct myself in a manner that serves the best interests of my family and community. The measure of that service may well ride on the level of success I attain. Perhaps, I will have the luxury of enough free time to coach a local youth rowing team. Or, I may be fortunate enough to be in a position to provide funding and management for a non-profit charity. Consequently, I consider the desire to make a positive difference to be an impetus for the pursuit of success whether it be monetary, intellectual or spiritual: as those with the most are in the best position to give the most. As the process of attaining success plays out, the “how” of making a positive difference will become more obvious and varied. I look forward to the success, and to stating “I made a positive difference in the world.”
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a student in the Robert H. Smith School of Business where I double major in Accounting and Information Systems with an expected graduation date of May 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I grew up in a small town named Glen Rock in northern New Jersey.