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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My role of president of the Progressive Republican Club taught me a lot more about leadership than I expected it to. I have always thought leadership was something easy, because I usually stepped into leadership roles of organizations that had well-established norms and practices. However, being only the second president of the club, I had much more autonomy in my work but also a lot more work to do. Rather than simply follow the role of my predecessors, I also had to look for ways in which we could expand and improve ourselves, especially as a club that drew members from only a small niche population. This was difficult but taking ownership and finding ways to improve something other than myself was an awesome experience and I hope to have a similar experience in my professional career.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
As mentioned in other questions, I hope to eventually become a Foreign Service officer. While most people would prefer to live in developed countries where work is relatively easy, I want to be working in the poorest countries where I can be making the biggest difference. I plan on applying for a Boren Fellowship so that I can spend 6 months to a year somewhere learning Swahili (likely Tanzania), and this would be a huge step towards me achieving my goal. If being in the Foreign Service does not come to fruition, I still plan on doing international work that will allow me to try to improve the areas of the world most affected by the problems of conflict and poverty.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Government and Politics, and I am expected to graduate from undergraduate in May of 2018. I am also pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree through the 5 year BA/MPP program, in which I am specializing in International Security & Economic Policy and International Development Policy. I also am part of the Global Fellows program, which is a year long and involves a fall seminar and a spring internship taken for academic credit.
What is your Hometown?
Parkton, Maryland. However, much of my time was spent in Towson, Maryland since that is where I went to middle school and high school and, consequently, where many of my best friends live.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class has easily been the seminar course that I took as part of the Global Fellows program. As somebody who is highly interested in joining the Foreign Service, having two Foreign Service Officers who had just recently come back to the U.S. was an incredible experience. This course provided me with the most in-depth understanding of specific topics I have ever had, which was very cool. I also feel that the relationships I built with my instructors will prove useful as I attempt to get my foot in the door later in my career.