What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
A lot of leadership roles tied in with my motivation to make a difference. To name a few, I was the Vice President of Finance for the National Association of Black Accountants, Career Teaching Assistant for the Career Search Strategies in Business Course, and Peer Mentor for the Smith Leadership Institute. Each opportunity allowed me to indivially help students reach their goals. Whether it was helping a student prepare for an interview for an internship, offering advice on the first year in college and helping with a resume, each of theese opportunities allowed to give back what was given to me. Seeing the smile or the excitement when a student had good news to share made the time spent even more worth it knowing I had something to do with the accomplishment.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Paul Budd Rubin Scholarship actually allowed me to remain a full-time student. Going into my senior year, I was concerned with having to find employment to afford part of my tuition. Since I received the scholarship, I was able to pursue other opportunities on campus. During my senior year, I was heavily involved on campus. I served as the Vice President of Finance for the National Association of Black Accountants, Career Teaching Assistant for the Career Search Strategies in Business Course, and the Finance Committee Chair for the Smith Undergraduate Student Association among many other clubs. From all the opportunities I was able to be a part of, none of this would have been possible had I taken a job off-campus to pay for part of my tuition. The scholarship allowed me to grow and expand.
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?
Coming out of Prince George's Community College, I wanted to stay close to home and finish my last two years. Out of all the schools in the area (Georgeotwn, Loyola, Maryland, UMUC, American, Howard), Maryland was my first choice because of the prestige of the University, the reputation of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the fact that I received the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship.
Attending the University of Maryland really is a humbling expereince. I came onto campus feeling that I know about college life, passing classes, how to study and so on. During my time at Maryland, I actually failed exams, was not the smartest student in the class and felt so overwhelemed. This school is so special because it taught me how to overcome adversity. At some point, it did not matter how tough a class was or how rough of a commute I had to make on public transportation, I had to remember I was accepted into the Smith School for a reason and I had the ability to perserve no matter tough those two years were as a student.
This is so tough to answer! I truly can't decide. There's the lifelong friends that I've made, the opportunities that I would not have expereinced elsewhere, I can go on forever. I guess I would have to say my favorite part of being a Terp is being apart of something bigger than myself.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My positive difference motivation is to leave an impact on those growing up after me. I look at my current situation of having a full-time job offer and preparing to graduate from the University of Maryland. I would not be here if it was not for mentors who sacrificed their time, energy and resources to help me become the person I never thought I would be. I want to pass on the same type of care to younger students because I've seen first hand what happens when someone truly takes an interest in seeing you succeed. In addition, I would not feel right just benefitting from others help and not paying it forward.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My academic major is Accounting, my minor is in Technology Entrepreneurship, and I will be graduating in Spring '16. Specifically, May 20th, 2016 at 12pm in the Xfinity Center.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Suitland, Maryland. It's a suburb to Washington, D.C
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
The most unique experience was joining Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. I never had much exposure to Greek Life in my family until my brother crossed before I finished high school. I started to look into it more and I thought about all the teachers/mentors I had come across when I was younger and found out that most of them were Kappas. Not only was it about how they carried themselves and their respect level for others, but the community service aspect was the biggest element for me when I reflected on my younger days. Even though I was a senior when I found out there was information session, I just said to myself "why not now."
I never knew I had 12 other brothers on campus. That's how I strongly I feel about the brothers I went through the process with. Even outside of campus, I've met brothers from other parts of the country and it's like you have extended family. At the time all I would know is another brothers name but it's just a natural reaction to treat him as if he was your actual brother.
It's crazy because joining Kappa actually helped me with my classes. I just had this thought one day and said to myself "Man, I'm sitting here all this information and history but I can't remember concepts from my classes?" I took that same ambition to the classroom and saw my grades improve and studying was way more effective. Overall, the best decision I ever made at UMD.