What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
A leadership role that I have enjoyed and is important to me is being on the Executive Board of the Supply Chain Management Society. Not only are the other board members serious, yet passionate about supply chain like I am, but also being in such close contact with companies is a huge benefit. I was able to join the Board as a freshman, so almost immediately I began my professional development. Most students do not get these opportunities until their sophomore year, yet I was ahead of the curve. In addition, I love being able to be part of the decision-making process as to which companies to bring in to give presentations. Many times students just wait for a company to come to their college, but I am directly involved in this process so I can pick and choose who not only I want to see, but also who other students want to see. There is a much greater chance that an event will be more popular if lots of students are interested in a company, as opposed to faculty at the college simply picking companies. Overall, I can see the impact I'm having by being on the Board and I'm proud to say that I am partly responsible for the interesting company presentations that UMD hosts.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I am making a positive difference in the world by helping others by serving as a mentor. There is no cost to passing on knowledge and teaching others what you have already learned so I try my hardest to do so. There have been times when I did not have anyone to teach me or guide me, and I know it was difficult so I want to help others avoid facing the same difficulties. There are some benefits to learning by oneself, but having someone guide you and help you along the way so that you don't make mistakes that hinder is much more beneficial. I have a younger brother who just started college so I am constantly talking to him about classes and how to set himself in his freshman year to be successful further down the life, whether that be in his college career or his professional career. Looking back I now know that there are things I should've started earlier or done earlier in my life, so I try to pass these realizations on to others younger than me so that they don't end up in the same situations that I'm in. I hope that by doing something like this, this will not only help the people that I speak to, but also cause them to look to people that are younger than them and mentor them.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a sophomore, graduating in May 2018 and I am a Supply Chain Management major.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, but I was born in London, England.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite extracurricular activity is being a Peer Mentor in the Business, Society, and the Economy College Park Scholars Program. College is a complex experience with no rulebook or set of guidelines, which makes it very confusing and difficult to adapt to. Being able to serve as a guide and mentor for freshmen from an early point in their college career can make all the difference. I had one friend who was able to serve as a mentor to me when I was a freshman, and she still helps me, but having her has made my college experience so much better. I want to be able to pass this relationship on to someone else and have a positive impact on their time at UMD.