What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
My leadership roles and volunteer experiences have shape me into who I am today. Most important to me was my role as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both Anatomy of Domestic Animals and Applied Animal Physiology laboratories. I honed my ability to explain concepts new to students and was able to engage with them on a more interpersonal basis. This experience taught me how to give thoughtful explanations and to gain the trust and respect of my students. Overall, my role as a UTA strengthened my ability to communicate effectively in a professional setting, and will benefit me in my future career.
Volunteering on the campus farm has also been important to me during my time at Maryland. The animals on the farm are central to many of the courses I have taken, so volunteering on the Farm Crew was an excellent way for me to give back to the Animal Science program.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has meant a lot to me. Most importantly, it was a recognition of my achievements as a pre-veterinary student. Throughout my college career, I have done everything I can to make myself a stronger, more well-rounded applicant for veterinary school, and being selected for the Judith Brocksmith Pre-Vet Scholarship shows that I am on the right track. Both of my scholarships have enabled me to pursue new and exciting opportunities. In the summer of 2014, I was able to study abroad in South Africa, where I learned about the medicine, management, and conservation of exotic wildlife. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and my scholarships made it possible.
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 it had a great Animal Science program, and because I knew it would provide me with a quality education at the best value. What makes UMD special to me are the many friends I have made and the wonderful experiences I have gained throughout my college career. My favorite part of being a Terp is being able to show my school pride while attending football and basketball games.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I want to make a positive difference in the world by being the best veterinarian I can be. I will continue to give back to the community by becoming involved with volunteer opportunities, as I have while an undergraduate. More than anything, I want to use my skills and knowledge to help animals live happy and healthy lives.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am an Animal Science (Pre-Vet) major, and I am in the class of 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Columbia, MD. I went to Atholton High School.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class at UMD was Lamb Watch because I learned there how to think like a veterinarian. I was responsible for ensuring that the ewes and lambs received proper care and attention, as well as for identifying signs of labor, illness, and distress. This involved monitoring the ewes for signs of conditions commonly seen in pre-parturient ewes. Following delivery, I conducted daily physical exams, which included observing for nursing difficulties, one of the most important indicators of lamb health. My experience confirmed that veterinary medicine is indeed my passion, allowing me to use my skills and interests to help animals live healthy and happy lives.