What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As a student leader, I feel that it is crucial to fuel the passion of my peers to solve the big problems faced by our local and global community. To do so, I have found two particularly impactful outlets which have become the most rewarding experiences for me on campus: “MoneyThink” and “Consult Your Community.” Through MoneyThink, I have been a part of a movement of young people working to restore the economic health of America through financial education. Specifically, I have had the opportunity to mentor directly with a PG County Public school and also serve as the Vice President of Partnerships for the UMD Chapter. Through these weekly mentorship sessions, I have seen the eyes of high school students light up in excitement after learning about how they can budget their income from part-time jobs, or set themselves up for success in college and the work force. Empowering and motivating students toward success provides immense value, and I know it will pay dividends to them down the road.
Last semester, I also served as the President of Consult Your Community, a student-run nonprofit that mobilizes and trains undergraduates to provide pro bono consulting services to low-income and minority-owned small businesses. After serving as an analyst for several project cycles, I was excited to serve as a leader for the Maryland chapter, which has grown each semester since its inception just a few years ago. Serving as an analyst allowed me to directly impact and capacitate improvement for small business, but the role of president was rewarding in a very different way: instead of creating a digital strategy for a small business, I provided the tools, resources, and advice needed for my peers to succeed, and in turn they created the impactful solutions for small businesses such as Little Loving Hands (littlelovinghands.com). This startup provides craft boxes for children and their families/caretakers, which are then ultimately shipped in a prepaid envelope as a donation to another child in need. In this example, I was proud to watch our Little Loving Hands team generate $26,000 in revenue for the young organization through a series of effective targeted marketing campaigns. In fact, they were ultimately chosen to be interviewed by CYC Nationals for the pilot Community Voice podcast, featuring outstanding work done by teams across the country.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
After I graduate, I will continue to use my skills to serve the community with motivation to improve learning, success, and substantial achievements at both the local and national level. Empowering others to have an impact is something that I believe separates true leaders from those who simply do not understand the responsibility associated with their position. I know that my calling is to serve as a managing leader, and my position with Consult Your Community taught me that while it may be difficult to enjoy immediate short-term successes, facilitating my peers to provide exceptional service to others is more impactful in the long run. Much like the money multiplier effect in macroeconomics, this is how I can leverage my impact in the greater community.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. I have also completed a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship through the Hinman CEOs Program.
I am currently a Junior, and I intend to graduate in May of 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
This semester, I have had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. When I was creating my school schedule, I was able to choose class sessions such that I could travel for many weekends for up to four days at a time. This has allowed me to spend time in six additional countries: Scotland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Morocco. While each of these trips was exciting and eye-opening for different reasons, I was particularly impacted by my time in Morocco. I spent time talking to a few locals (in most cases through a combination of my poor Spanish and their poor English!) and I was shocked by both the cultural differences and similarities. I met a fellow economics student on a bus that I took between Chefchaouen and Tangier, and while her stories of her family dynamics opened my eyes to a completely different world, common passions brought a smile to both of our faces. I discovered that meeting people from other countries is the best way to broaden one's global mindset, and I am excited to continue to do so in the future.