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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time at the University of Maryland, my leadership role in AshokaU TerpChagemakers has been rewarding. I have been able to converse with other students on what their passions are and connect them with resources to further develop those passions.
My leadership role in AshokaU influenced my decision to switch my major from accounting and finance to information systems. I am more interested in the technical side of business and the supportive nature of information systems aligns with my personality.
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?
Upon receiving my acceptable letter to UMD, I was disappointed in myself. I wasn’t accepted into the honors or scholars program. Nevertheless, I wasn’t even accepted into the fall semester. I only got admission into the spring semester with the opportunity to enroll in the freshmen connection program. Basically, I start in the fall but I would take night classes. I was really discouraged as a senior because a majority of my friends got into all these great programs at UMD and I barely got accepted. I had the choice of attending the University of Connecticut or University of Maryland. Because of financial reasons, I couldn’t fully commit to Uconn.
I had the decision of going to Uconn and burdening my parents and myself with loans or attend UMD where I didn’t feel wanted. I sat down and thought about it and realized that I shouldn’t feel discouraged. I used it as motivation for me to do better and to prove to myself that I am capable of succeeding at UMD. My “failure” put me in a position to consider other opportunities beyond my primary focus. I deviated from my medical track and opened up myself to business courses, which I loved my freshmen year. I just had to think differently and examine my opportunities from different perspectives rather than just feeling discouraged, I learned that I should always find a way to learn from my experiences. My favorite part about being a Terp is that UMD is a University of endless opportunities.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Information Systems and minoring in Business Analytics. I will be graduating in May, 2017.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Taiping, Malaysia. I have moved about 9 times in my life before settling down in Maryland.