2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Volunteer experiences important to me include College Park Scholars Service Day, when I went to help clear a neighborhood park of invasive plants as well as volunteering as a judge for the Maryland Science Olympiad. However the experience most important to me is what I am doing now in conjunction with the Robotics Service Learning Course. As part of the course, I go to Hollywood Elementary School in College Park each week and teach the students there how to build robotics using Lego Mindstorms EV2 kits. They have made a lot of progress and are learning valuable skills and gaining exposure to STEM that they may otherwise not have had.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has made my life much easier. After almost two years of commuting, I was able to move closer to campus, which opened up many new opportunities to me. I have become more involved in triathlon and will be competing for Maryland in the Collegiate National Triathlon Championship race in Clemson, SC this year. I have also been able to give more of my time to volunteering and helping others. Finally, my quality of life has increased and I am no longer as stressed as I was before.
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 of its strong programs in engineering, opportunities for volunteering related to my field of study, the numerous extracurricular activities I could participate in, and the fact that it was close to home. I also liked the campus and its proximity to Washington, D.C. This place is special to me because I have been able to meet like-minded students and share my knowledge with them. It has been a very welcoming community which I have always appreciate, and continue to appreciate today. The professors here conduct great research and I have learned a lot from them as well. My favorite part about being a Terp is being able to interact with people of diverse backgrounds and interests. The University of Maryland has students and faculty from across the world in many fields, and I can learn something new from everyone I meet here, something that few other universities can offer.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Today, I am engaged in volunteer opportunities such as Robotics Service Learning to help K-12 students who are interested in STEM take their interest to the next level. My goal is to do whatever I can to retain students' interest in STEM, particularly among lower-income students who are often turned away from STEM majors because their schools do not have the resource to offer the classes colleges want. When I graduate, I want to use my degree to build computer software and systems that analyze data, which can then be used to determine how to improve people's lives. Computers have so much data stored on them, and I want to use this data to find out where society needs to make improvements, such as constructing a new bridge, or increasing funding for health resources. We overlook many issues in our society, and through data analysis, I want to reduce the problems we overlook until they lead to disaster.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Major: Computer Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017
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