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 the University of Maryland for many reasons. Ultimately, it was the smartest choice financially. I am able to commute to campus to save money with hopes of moving into an apartment for my junior and senior year of college. In addition, Maryland is beautiful, and it is a great school. How blessed I am to have such an amazing school of academics as well as involvement so close to home.
What makes Maryland special to me is the incredible diversity. Never have I seen so many intellectual and determined young people from so many different cultures. I feel as though I can expand my worldly knowledge by attending Maryland, yet I have only traveled twenty-five miles from home. Attending this university allows me to always remain open-minded and willing to meet new people from every walk of life. Other than this, my favorite part of being a terp is probably the overall culture that UMD offers, such as the incredible BIG 10 sports program. Every one around me seeks to be a part of a powerful community, and I love that.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My two most passionate interests are the development of terrorism, and a more domestic issue of increasing opiate abuse and addiction. I have always held a naturally patriotic demeanor. From the first time I watched a documentary on 9/11, to hearing the national anthem after the Boston Bombings, I have felt an intense need to understand terrorism and perhaps how to counter or prevent it. One of my goals in life is to fully understand terrorism on a global scale. In doing so, one day I can make a positive difference in the world through maximized security while prioritizing justice for ideologies that are discriminated against.
Within my family, I have seen the effects of prescription medication abuse as well as heroin abuse, both of which fall under an overarching epidemic of opiate addiction. Fortunately, those close to me have dug themselves out of their holes in recent years. Meanwhile, thousands all around the country struggle and have not even found a shovel with which they could begin digging. Ultimately, I will make a difference in this negative and heartbreaking circumstance by raising awareness. I will research necessary information to teach others, and upon doing so, advocate for individualized treatment and investment in this rapidly expanding problem.
All in all, my goal is to run for office one day so that I can make a positive difference in the world in a direct and personal way.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Government and Politics. I am interested in applying for the Global Terrorism minor through the START (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) program later in my undergraduate education. I am currently a second semester freshman with 29 credits, putting me on track to graduate a semester early in December 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Edgewater, MD. It is right outside the hustle and bustle of Maryland's capital, Annapolis.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite extracurricular activity is University Christian Outreach. While I would never force my beliefs on another person because I recognize that each and every individual is different, I am proud to say that I am a Christian. I am working to improve my relationship with God and Jesus. With this group, I can grow not only in my faith but as a committed and dependable person. I am currently shaping relationships with other women, and other Christians, under which I strive to be a better person. I love this group because I can be myself. We have engaging lunches, dinners and prayer meetings together, and often do other fun things like Nerf Wars!