What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been part of America Reads*America Counts and Partners in Prints since the beginning of freshmen year. With America Counts, we go to elementary schools in Prince Georges County and mentor fourth graders in math to mitigate the achievement gap. This organization has been a major part of my college career and I have been doing it for almost two years. I love working with my fellow co-workers/mentors and the kids! I love seeing my fourth graders excited and happy when we walk through the doors. This spring semester of 2017, I applied for a Team Leader position for America Counts, and I became a co-Team Leader for Beacon Heights Elementary School. Because of this leadership position, I got the opporunity to work closely with the graduate coordinator of America Counts (Kelly) and other Team Leaders to plan and lead trainings for new mentors, create an agenda for orientation, implement team building acitivities, assess test scores for timed multiplication quizzes of the fourth graders, and many more exciting things. I really enjoy being a part of this program as I have created close friendships, met a lot of new people, and made a positive impact in my fourth graders' academic and personal lives.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Jeffrey Black Terpstart and the UM Terpstart scholarships have enabled me to continue my journey of being a part of the Honors College: Entrepreneurship and the Innovation (EIP) program. This two year program requires us to stay in the LaPlata residence hall for two years. So, this scholarship has really reduced some of expenses associated with living in a residence hall on campus. During my time in this program, I got a lot of exciting opportunities to tackle some of the problems that I am passionate about. For example, during the spring semester of 2016, I got to collaborate with four other University of Maryland EIP students in a Do Good Challenge to implement a school supply drive on campus for Ridgecrest Elementary School in order to mitigate the negative effects of educational inequality. Because of the supply drive, we were able to donate about a thousand school supplies to Ridgecrest Elementary School. This semester, the spring of 2017, I collaborated with three other EIP students to create a website prototype that containes worksheets, unit plans, and a personalized mentor for novice, inexperienced elementary school teachers in PG County. We will soon be presenting our social venture project at Terp Tank in front of real investors!
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher not only to teach kids, but also to make my future students realize they have the potential and the capability to succeed and learn during their academic career. I personally think being a teacher is one of the most challenging and underappreciated jobs, but it is also one of the most rewarding. I want my students to not only learn for critical thinking and problem solving skills, but also learn what it means to treat others respectfully, be compassionate to others, and have integrity. These skills important to learn because it gives the opportunity for students to grow up and develop into sincere, thoughtful human beings. Because of these important skills, students can also be more confident in themselves and give their best effort despite the obstacles they may face. Even if I may not make a significant impact in all of my future students' lives, I know I will be teaching, inspiring, and molding the minds of our future generation--which for me is the most rewarding feeling ever.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Germantown, Maryland. But I was born in Nepal and I came to the United States when I was in third grade. It's been almost 11 years since I have gone back to visit Nepal, so hopefully I will get the chance to visit this summer!