2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
This semester I took on one of my biggest leadership roles starting a Special Olympics Club on campus and acting as Vice President. This taught me so much about the work and all the details that go into making a club and recruting members. I also get to take part in many different service projects through my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I love getting to work with so many people to help out the community. As part of my major, I get to intern in an elementary school in a first grade classroom. This experience is importatnt to me because I get to do something I love and help my students learn and grow.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has meant so much to me. It has allowed me to really focus on my classes and student organizations this year instead of worrying about finances. In addition, it has helped me make the decision to study abroad in Rome. I am so excited for this experience having never been out of the country. I know it will help me grow so much and make me a better teacher as I will be able to gain an understanding into another culture and bring the information to my future class.
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 it was close to my family and had so many different options for me. It is a big school so I could get that atmosphere with sports, but I was also able to be in the scholars program which would help me feel like a part of a smaller community. My favorite part of being a Terp is the school pride that every student and staff memeber has. Everyone wants to go on to do great things and works to improve the community around them every day.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My dream has always been to be a teacher. I now know more specifically that I want to teach in an area where students really need access to better education. One way I can do this is through Teach for America. I hope that I can bring joy to the students who need it the most on a daily basis and I hope to make the world better by teaching these students and inspiring them to never give up.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a sophomore Elementary Education major with a concentration in Science and a citation from the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program.
Graduation year: 2019
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class I think is one I am taking this semester. It is an arts integration course for elementary education. Every class is so interactive where we get to do and see amazing arts integrated lessons that we can incorporate into our own classrooms. It has opened my eyes to how beneficial incorporating art into daily school learning can enhance students ability to learn. It allows them to have fun and be engaged in the material so they really understand it. All of the techniques and statistics we are learning in this course has made me decide that at whatever school I end up teaching for, I will do my best to promote arts integration.