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, because I knew that fire protection engineering was my passion, and it is the only ABET accredited school that offers fire protection engineering as a major. UMD is special to me, not because there is nowhere else I could go, but there is nowhere else I would want to go. All of the FPE department staff, faculty, and students I have met and had so far are so kind and helpful. It seems like everyone is willing to go out of their way to make sure you reach your full academic potential. I find that incredible, especially since with most research institution, the professors only care about their research and what students can do for them, not the other way around.
My favorite part of being a Terp is having access to a seemingly infinite amount of opportunities. There are so many clubs, organizations, communities, activities, and research opportunities available on campus that can really help you develop yourself personally and professionally. For example, I was able to conduct research thorughout my freshman year and learn how to play a new sport by joining the Ultimate Frisbee team.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Fire Protection Engineering major, International Engineering minor, and I am a Sophomore expected to graduate in May 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Fulton, MD in Howard County.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
Over this past winter term I was able to take a class called ENES472 International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology in Sydney, Australia. I was there for three weeks and had the absolute best time of my life.
The class was very informative about how different cultures effect engineering and discussed techniques and skills needed to ensure that international business ventures go smoothly. Those skills and my minor will be great assets for me when I pursue a job overseas.
I also participated in a lot of once in a lifetime opportunities. These included going to a wildlife reserve and the Sydney Zoo to pet koalas and kangaroos, seeing a show at the Sydney Opera House, watching a cricket match, and learning how to surf at Bondi Beach.