What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
The greatest and most meaningful achievement of my life to date has been attaining the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. My Eagle Scout status is not a role I take lightly. It sets a very high standard for how I should act and react in the world. As an Eagle Scout, I have pledged to always be there for others, to strive for the best, and to face challenges with courage and confidence. I work to meet these ideals every day.
While obtaining my scouting ranks, I learned that the journey toward a goal can be as meaningful as the achievement itself. I put this lesson to the test regularly when it comes to schoolwork by aiming not only to master the course, but also to enjoy the process and understand what each challenge has to teach me. For example, I don’t take easy classes just to get the ‘A’; rather I push myself to take AP classes that offer deeper opportunities for learning now and in the future.
My scouting career has also given me the opportunity to hone my leadership, communication and organizational skills. Scouts place great value in being a trustworthy and involved citizen and I happily employ this outlook in my roles in the troop, including as senior patrol leader, the most important job. What’s more, the scouts who encouraged me to reach my goals, just as I now do for others, showed me that helping others to achieve success is as important as achieving success of my own.
Earning Eagle Scout status taught me as much about relationship building with fellow scouts as it did about personal accomplishment. Because of the Scouts, I understand the value of relationships in my life and I work hard to maintain close bonds with my parents, brother, friends, teachers, and mentors. I am always there to help and support the people I care about in good times and bad.
Finally, scouting has taught me to be an honorable competitor. I am never satisfied with second place and will always try my hardest to work to the best of my ability. At the same time, I recognize not to take competition too seriously and enjoy the experience as much as the achievement.
As the Boy Scout saying goes, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” I take pride in being an Eagle Scout, but I understand that there is tremendous responsibility that comes with this role.