What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been very fortunate to be involved at the University of Maryland. Two programs that are very special to my heart are TerpThon and TerpsforChange.
TerpsforChange is an organization that partners with local volunteer opportunities throughout the local area. I was grateful to be a part of the “Little Lights” location in Washington D.C. where I was able to individually tutor an underprivileged student every week. I tutored and mentored a girl named Mikeya, who was in second grade. With the personalized experience I had in this program I was able to see her improvement that was a humbling experience for me.
Terp Thon gave me the chance early on in the year to be a part of something big that’s making a difference in the life of so many sick children treated by Children’s National in Washington D.C. I work on the advertising committee, and at this year’s dance marathon, we raised over $728,000 For The Kids. These experiences have really shaped my first year of college.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This opportunity allows me to focus more of my time on my schoolwork and extracurricular opportunities. Through involvement with other students who have the same interests as me, I’ve been introduced to so many opportunities, including AlChE, an engineering society for chemical engineers. Because of the financial help my scholarship has given me, I can focus on programs like this, related to my career path, and ones that are not related such as volunteering and philanthropy. I can make myself not only a more well-rounded job applicant, but a more well-rounded person.
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 found that this was a place where I can find every kind of person, every kind of opportunity, and every kind of activity, so that I could pursue many interests while studying in a fantastic engineering program. My favorite part of being a Terp is that I can be a Terp fanatic, because everyone around me loves their Terps as well. There’s so much school spirit wherever you go that it feeds into my productivity and overall happiness.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
In college, something important to me is not only getting involved myself to better enhance the clubs and activities I am in, but also being able to teach and help others. Here at the University of Maryland, I love to help other students through tutoring to give back. I believe that it is a privilege to be here in college, so I feel that whenever I can share my knowledge, I will in order to help people advance their own lives. I’d like to carry this through in my career by working with interns to reach their personal goals along with contributing to the company’s goals.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Currently I am a first year chemical engineering student minoring in sustainability. My expected graduation date is May of 2019.
What is your Hometown?
Riverhead, New York
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One of my favorite classes was ENES100, which gave me the unique ability to work with a group to create an autonomous over-sand vehicle. It really immersed me in engineering as a first semester freshman and gave me the chance to do something challenging and exciting with my classmates. The professor was very involved and the project was something that I didn’t expect to get to do right away, but gave me a lot of experience to go forward. I hold this class very close to me, as I learned that most freshman college students do not have the opportunity for as much hands on experience.