What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The scholarships I received have had an enormous effect on my ability to make the most of my experience at the University of Maryland and in the Washington DC area. By helping to ease the financial strain of paying for an out of state education, these scholarshisp have allowed me to balance my time between my academics and unpaid internships (as most journalism internships provide a great deal of experience but rarely a paycheck) without the extra burden of a part time job.
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?
As a stubborn high school student eager to do anything but what my parents wanted me to do, I was completely against even applying to Maryland, simply because my mother told me she thought I'd like it. She dragged me to an open house, and though it was a dreary, rainy day, the second we pulled into campus and I saw the big M and the "collegiate" looking buildings, the campus took my breath away and like everyone says, I just knew it was the place for me. It turned out that Maryland encompassed everything I wanted in a school: A spirited and enthusiastic student body, a fantastic journalism school, a beautiful campus, a relatively close proximity to my home in NJ , a great athletic program, diversity, and an overall good reputation.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Philip Graham former editor of the Washington Post once described reporting the news as the "inescapably impossible task of providing every week a first rough draft of history that will never really be completed about a world we can never really understand." It is my hope that I can influence the world by doing my part to not only bring forth that history-in-the-making as its happening, but to also help bridge the gap in understanding how it connects to the greater history, issues, and relationships in our world.