What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My most rewarding volunteer experience while at Maryland has been as a Maryland Imager, the students responsible for giving tours to prospective students and their families. I love talking about Maryland, telling students about my experiences, and schmoozing with parents to ensure that they are comfortable with the the university as well. Not only are the tours fun, I can actually see the fruits of my labor as each year the number and quality of applicants goes through the roof and people I have spoken to end up walking around campus.
In addition, my fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, created a charity fundraiser walk for Autism Speaks and raised over $26,000 last year. I was responsible for designing some of the signage and banners in addition to helping out on the day of the walk; it was great to see families and kids come out and have a great day while raising awareness and money for a great cause.
My leadership experiences have included being a teacher's assistant for a UNIV100 course, Co-President of the North Hill Area Council during my freshman year, serving as National Conference Co-Chair for the local chapter of the American Marketing Association, and as the Information Coordinator for Smith Ambassadors. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my experiences at Maryland while getting to know a large and diverse group of students.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This year was extremely difficult for my family and me, and without the help of the scholarships and aid I received, I would not have been able to continue attending Maryland and would have been forced to drop out. The Parents Association Scholarship was vital for me to stay on track and finish the process that I set out on three years ago and allowed me to be at Maryland, a place I now call home and love so much. The scholarship also means to me that there is a larger community out there of alumni and donors who care not only about the university, but about the students and their well-being, which was very heartwarming and gave me the goal that in the future I will be able to give back in the same way.
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 visited Maryland on Accepted Students day in April 2007 and knew as soon as I stepped out of my car that this was the place for me. I loved the campus, the energy, and everything felt right. It also helped that I knew how high the level of education was at the Smith School and at Maryland overall in addition to the school spirit and the high level of athletics. I believed then, and still do now, that Maryland is a steal when it comes to what's gained compared to tuition; between the academics, athletics, student groups, location, campus, and everything else that Maryland has to offer, most students get an extremely high-level education at a reasonable price, something that really can't be beat. After 5 semesters, I'm glad to say that I made the perfect decision for me.