What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My current major is Mathematics. I am in the Class of 2017 and expected to graduate on May 2017 with a Bachelor of Mathematics.
I am also part of the IMCP program, which allows me to currently take education courses credited for a Master of Secondary Education. I am also in the Class of 2018 and expected to graduate on May 2018 with a Master of Secondary Education.
What is your Hometown?
I never really had a hometown. In the literal sense, I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, but it did not feel like a hometown, because I did not grow up there. It is not a place that I can go back to and reminicse about my childhood.
Growing up with immigrant parents pursuing an "American dream," we would move around all the time depending on what my parents could afford. And just like any other divorce, my parent's seperation created a toll on my now, single-mother to financially support my brother and me. Rockville, Silver Spring, Germantown, Upper Marlboro, Hyattsville, Beltsvile, are just some of the cities I have lived in for about a year or so. I have lived in Maryland my whole life, "migrating" between Montgomery and Prince George's counties when the "affordable season" came around.
So no, I cannot tell you what my hometown is. If anything, maybe riding down I-495 to I-270 in my mother's minivan packed with our belongings is my hometown because it gives me feelings of nostalgia, which I believe is what going back to one's hometown should feel like.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
In my sophomore year, I decided to join UMD’s marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland (MSOM), as a mellophone player (mello). As a spectator during UMD’s football games, I did not notice how much physical and musical strength it took to march. When I joined MSOM, I had a deeper appreciation towards MSOM for how much time and practice the band dedicated itself to get the performance and musicality of the pre-game and halftime show perfect. I think what made this experience unique was that it enabled me to get out of my comfort-zone, build so many bonds, and have the opportunity to travel around the country to perform. Altogether, I got the chance to share and remember these memories with my new friends. I will never forget how giddy we were when we flew out to San Francisco to perform at the Levi’s Stadium for the football team. I will never forget how wide our eyes opened and jaws dropped when we walked through the tunnels and into Penn State’s football field. We will never forget how one of the mellos fell, or when I fell multiple times during practice. The little scars that are left on our skin are just little reminders of the fun times we had, and I will never forget that.