What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Assistant martial arts instructor since 1999; Various community service activities for Primannum Honor Society since Spring 2005; Various Community service activities for National Society of Collegiate Scholars since Fall 2005.
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?
Maryland is well known for its fantastic engineering program. UM is also the only accredited university with an undergraduate fire protection engineering program. I am pursuing a major and career in fire protection and UM definitely has a lot to offer with respect to this profession. The labs and hands on experience here are beyond compare. Before I attended the University of Maryland, I heard nothing but good things, especially about the engineering department. Essentially, the University's reputation made me choose to attend.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference in the world by offering my knowledge and experience as both a fire protection engineer and martial arts instructor. As for the former, I will work towards increasing safety of both new and old buildings against fire hazards. Lives and property will be saved due to my efforts. Ideally, I would like to offer my services across many countries. The United States is not the only country with the threat of fire. In the turbulent and unpredictable world we live in, safety is very important. As for the teaching of martial arts, I believe that everyone can benefit from learning martial arts. I have been an assistant instructor for over 8 years and have seen students grow on many levels. The discipline, confidence, fitness, and overall self-defense that develop from martial arts knowledge are invaluable. Though being a fire protection engineer will be my main job, teaching martial arts is definitely a passion I want to continue pursuing.