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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?
I chose to attend the University of Maryland because of its highly-regarded engineering program and its proximity to my hometown. And I was not at all disappointed. At the University of Maryland, I have made lots of friends and have been presented opportunities that I could not have gotten anywhere else. The Clark School of Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering make this big university feel like a small, intimate school. My favorite part of being a Terp is having the opportunities of a large university while also having the feel of a small school.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Over the course of my career as a civil engineer, I want to contribute to many large-scale projects and improve quality of life for thousands of people. My ultimate goal is to be one of the key people responsible for the delivery of a megaproject.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a senior majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Project Management. I will be graduating in May 2016.
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
Thanks to a partnership between the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), I was able to spend two summers working at SHA as a Transportation Engineering Intern. I was assigned to SHA's Office of Construction and worked in the field in the role of a construction inspector. I was able to see firsthand how highways are constructed and gained experience in construction management. This internship re-affirmed my choice of civil engineering as a major and directly helped me secure employment after my graduation in May 2016. I'm very grateful to both the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Maryland State Highway Administration for giving me this opportunity, and I hope that future students are able to take advantage of it as well.