What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my freshman and sophomore year at Prince George’s Community College, I held positions such as Vice President, Secretary, and Club representative for various student clubs like Kaleidoscope Club, which is a student club that promotes multiculturalism, NOYPI Society Filipino Organization, a club that strengthens awareness about the Filipino culture in the college community, and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Tau Pi Chapter. Through these student clubs, I volunteered in different community services such as Be The Match: Bone Marrow Drive, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Prince George’s County Christmas-In-April, participated in Autism Speaks’ Walk for Autism, and collected relief donations for victims of Haiti earthquake and Typhoon Sendong in Philippines. I also volunteered as a peer mentor for Prince George’s Community College’s International Education Center.
In addition, I was involved in different community services outside the campus. Through my church’s community service program INCGiving, I participated in Winter Wear Drive, Military Care Packages, Reading For Our Future, and Art of Giving. Through my church’s FYM Foundation Aid to Humanity, I also participated in relief programs that reached out to the homeless people in New York City and to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Currently, I am the Secretary for The Association of Minority Future Educators student organization at University of Maryland, College Park.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship opportunity that was given to me served as my hope. A hope that helped me pursue my goals in life and allowed me to lessen my parents’ financial worries. It has enabled me to continue my education in a prestigious University, where I can acquire the skills and knowledge I need in order to become an effective teacher someday and to be able to make a difference in this world.
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 I believe that the university is an excellent support and strong foundation for me to achieve my academic and career goals in life. The College of Education at University of Maryland, College Park is known for being one of the top Education schools. As someone who aspires to be a successful and effective educator, I am positive that the university can provide me with the knowledge and skills I need with the help of their professional preparation programs. University of Maryland also offers a lot of opportunities and experiences, which I believe can help me enhance my skills to the fullest.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I have always believed that a teacher makes a huge impact in one’s life. If not all, most of us were once inspired by our teachers. To be able to make a positive difference in the world, I will try my best to be an effective teacher who can inspire, guide, and motivate students to reach their fullest potentials and to be good citizens who are driven to make positive changes. Every big change starts with a small step. Therefore, I will try to be a good role model to my students, so that they can be the little steps that can lead to bigger positive changes in this world. In addition, I will continue in participating in community services and other activities that promote a good cause and help people who are in need.