What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
-Alumni Chair, Alpha Epsilon Pi National Fraternity, Delta Deuteron Chapter; -Political Director and AIPAC Campus Liaison, TerPAC; -Habitat for Humanity; -Terrapin Leadership Institute; -Beyond These Walls: English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor; -CIVICUS
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship was extremely important to me and certainly much appreciated. As an out of state student coming to Maryland, I had to seriously consider whether my family could afford the expense. I was on the verge of having to go to another institution due to costs but very much wanted to attend UMD. I understood upon matriculting here that I could not become complacent and must keep my grades high and stay active. Furthermore, I understood the costs involved and that I would have to work to attend (jobs, applying for various scholarships, etc). While I have had a job every year of school here, the money I have made hardly makes a dent into the sum total of bills to be paid regarding my education. Thus, I am very grateful for the willingness and kindess of Dr. and Mrs. Goldstein to help students like me.
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 UM for a number of reasons. First of all, as a Rhode Islander, I wanted to get away from New England (preferably South) and to attend a larger public institution with a great deal of school pride. Clearly, this ruled out a number of schools. I decided to visit Maryland in an overnight program and was very impressed with how favorably students talked about the school. In addition, as a student looking to study Government and Politics, Maryland seemed to fit into my perfect school image quite well. All these facts, combined with the proximity to DC (and cousins in Columbia and BWI Airport), a beautiful campus, and a large Jewish community and I was sold.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Good question--one for which I'm sure we all wonder about everyday. In all honesty, I am not really 100% what I want to do as of yet. However, my goal has always been public service to some degree with the intentions of helping to make a more positive world. While this may sound vague, it is for a reason. I don't know exactly what I want to do yet and don't claim to know. I am working through college to explore various realms of service and experience, immersing myself in a number of areas, with the hope that through my exploring I will find my purpose and my way to make a mark on the world.