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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
This being my first year as a transfer student at Maryland, my plans are to become part of the Latino Student Organization. I’m also planning to become part of the Mock Trial. I hope to bring my leadership experience of teaching at my church. At work I lead the application process for parents with students who have disabilities.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Portney schoolarship has enabled me to reduce much of my financial worries. I receive no outside financial aid, and work to pay for all of my educational expenses. Now, being able to work less hours, I'm able to take advantage of educational enrichment opportunities here at the University of Maryland.
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 came to the USA when I was 11 years old, and I would always attend my elementary school field trips to University of Maryland. I rememeber I fell in love with the campus and community since the first time. I was in 6th grade when I told my parents that I was going to be a Terp one day. As a first generation college student to attend UMD with its admissions requirements was a challenge. I can't describe the deep desire I had since I was a child. My favorite part of being a Terp is that I get to interact with people from all over the world.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My biggest dream is to one day become a lawyer. I also plan to work in undeveloped countries and contribute by teaching young people the importance of going to school so they will have choices in life and be prepared to pursue a post-secondary education. When I become a lawyer I would also like to work on defending the rights of people with disabilities.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Government and Politics. My minor is Law and Society (MLAW). I will graduate in May, 2018.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is in El Salvador.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
I have been able to explore different classes, but my favorite ones are the ones that relate to law as GVPT 331 and MLAW courses. I love attending those classes, and learning new things. I haven't had the chance to fully experience the UMD activities because I have to work, but I try to attend the Catholic Student Center as much as I can. The Catholic Student Center is a great community, and they make me feel as if I'm home. I also volunteer with the IRS VITA program preparing taxes for free for people with low income. Starting Fall 2016, I hope to get involve in more activities.