What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
While at the University of Maryland, I have been a part of the start of two student organizations. My freshman year, I joined a team of business students in starting a Net Impact chapter at UMD. I took the role as the head of the Sustainability Committee, where we held events that educated students about sustainability careers in business and how, even with small actions, can make a difference by acting more sustainable. The summer after my freshman year, I took the initiative of starting my own student consulting club, Consult Your Community, where we allow students to provide free consulting services to local, small businesses. As Founder and Co-President, I helped to oversee day-to-day operations and insure long-term success and sustainability. In addition to these positions, I was accepted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle at UMD, where I have the opportunity to work with other leaders on campus.
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 decided to attend the University of Maryland because I was excited about the school spirit and the entrepreneurial activity on campus. The University of Maryland has given me some amazing opportunities to pursue my interests, grow as a leader, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Whether it was the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, the QUEST Honors Program, starting a student organization, or working with incredible friends and faculty, the University of Maryland has challenged me and helped me become someone who will be successful after graduation.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Computer Science major, with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship. I am a member of the Class of 2016 and will be graduating in May of 2016.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class was BMGT498L: Innovating the Higher Education Business Model, where I was given the opportunity to work on a semester-long consulting project to help improve another course in the R.H. Smith School of Business. I decided to help improve BMGT490H, the Consulting Practicum for the QUEST Honors Program. Through this course, I learned about various aspects of educational psychology, discussed the grand challenges facing American universities, and worked with a faculty client as a consultant to conduct research and develop new teachings tools to improve BMGT490H. This was my favorite class because I got to learn about a topic that interests me and had the opportunity to help improve a course that was a big part of my education.