What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My favorite leadership role would have to be serving as president of Chem-E-Car. Though I'll be stepping down, I'm happy to announce that we will be going to the national competition (http://eng.umd.edu/news/story/cheme-car-set-to-compete-in-national-competition). This organization has improved my interpersonal skills and has expanded on my taken my in-class education.
The second role that has been most important to me has been serving as a SEEDS mentor, specifically for transfer students. And lastly, serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for Thermodynamics has been another rewarding role. It's very important to me to help transfer students ease into the transition to the University of Maryland. It's equally as important that I help students gain a love of learning. I have come to realize that professors and TA's sometimes play the most influential roles in a students life. Serving as a mentor puts me in a position where, I believe, I help students like myself progress through difficult times. I have learned so much from the students I served and I hope I have been a positive influence to their academic journeys.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Academic scholarships allow me to focus solely on academics. This is really important to me personally beacause I am a slow learner. It takes me multiple exposures to material to fully understand the content. I fell like I have to commit a lot of time to my courses; divided between rewriting my notes, reading the relevant chapters often more than once, and so on. This leaves me very little time to work. I live on my own and don't receive financial support from my family so when I get notifications that I have been honored with a scholarship, it's notification of a sence of security I will always cherish.
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?
To be honest, I ended up at the university through a transfer program my community college offered so I did not go through the same rigorous process many others did. But now, every time I talk to perspetive students throught the A. James Clark ambassador program, I sometimes catch myself off guard. I have become so passionate about the university. This is heavily due to my interactions with professors who honestly serve, to as extent, as parental figures. They remind me that I can do it when my tests grades come back lower than expected, they write letters of recommendations that though I haven't read I know speak the world of me (based on the outcomes of many of the opportunitites I've applied for), they satisfy my curiousity for knowledge, they ... they go above and beyond to make me love learning. This is what it means to be a Terp, to be a part of such an environment.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference through my research. For now, because such things are subject to change, I want to work on improving water quality. My current research has to do with removing persistant organic polutants from soil and water, and I believe I want to continue down this path into my graduate studies. Just as important as what I do is, is who I influence through what I do. So, throughout my journey, I want to make sure I show younger generations the inportance of science and engineering, as well as the impact they can have on our environment and the people in it.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I'm a student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department. I have a minor in Technology Entreprenuership throught the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. With a bit more perseverance and the continued help of donors to scholarships, I will be graduating in May 2018!
What is your Hometown?
I am actually a native of the west African country of Cameroon. I've lived around Prince George's County for the past 16 years or so.