3 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time at the University, I have had the opportunity to engage in several leadership roles. Serving as a member of Engineers Without Borders has been the most impactful on me thus far. I have made an impression on them as well. The organization has asked me to take over their program in Ethiopia where I will lead a team of engineers to repair a defunct detention pond.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
At the time I received this scholarship, my family and I were scrambling to find the funds for my continued education. So far, I have managed to stay away from private student loans and their absurdly high interest rates. In effect, this scholarship has allowed me to continue my education relatively debt free. The scholarship has also validated my efforts in school. To me it means that someone believes in my education and my abilities enough to fund. I truly appreciate the investment.
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?
My choice to attend the University of Maryland was primarily driven by financial decsiions in conjunction with the University's engineering reputation. In my first few experiences here, I had the opportunity to take up architecture as well so I seized it. I had a hard time initially adjusting to school life because I enjoyed my hometown immensely. However, I have become fond of the atmosphere of this place and of the people I have met. My favorite part of it all is the time between school when people come out to play pick up frisbee or to gab over a meal. The day to day grind is so stressful that I cherish the moments of reprieve.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Though I imagine myself causing sweeping changes for the better, I recognize that the greatest impact I can have is by empowering the people around me. Furthermore, my impact will not take effect over night, but I must remain ever vigilant for the the chance. It could be as small as lending a hand or something much more momentous. More specifically, I will always try to apply my engineering knowledge for the selfish betterment of others.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
As a member of the University of Maryland's graduating class of 2018, I am studying Mechanical Engineering with a second major in Architecure.
What is your Hometown?
I hail from the town of Perry Hall, a sprawling suburbia just north of Baltimore City.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My first day at school, I joined the Club Running team. Running every season of high school, I found that a more down to earth or dedicated group of people could not be found anywhere else. And, this team did not disappoint. Two years in and I still get out to practice almost every day. I love the sport so much that my preferred Saturday consists of racing a mile then lounging below the warm kiss of the sun.