What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am the current Fundraising Chair of the Alpha Tau Omega Colony of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity. I lead and direct the colony’s fundraising committee in organizing events to fund the colony’s expenses. Additionally, I work closely with the finance committee on the colony’s budget and fundraising goals for each semester. This position has given me great experience in communication, organization, teamwork, and inspiring individuals to work for a greater cause.
Since 2002, I have fundraised in order to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, a cause that is very close to my heart. I am the Team Leader in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes each year, and I have donated hundreds of hours to this cause. As Team Leader, I coordinate fundraising stands at local stores, write letters to businesses asking for support, and recruit and inspire team members. My team and I have been quite successful and have raised over $65,000 in order to fund research for a cure.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Receiving this scholarship has made an undeniably meaningful impact on my academic aspirations. As a sophomore, I am challenging myself academically by taking solely upper level courses this semester, all of which require a great deal of time and effort. I aspire to become a Certified Public Accountant upon graduation, and to sit for the exam I must have 150 credit hours. While many students complete these hours within 5 years of schooling, I am on track to graduate in just 4. Because of this scholarship, I was able to devote much more of my time to improving my future through academics rather than working. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and I can already see my hard work paying off. I have accepted externships with prominent accounting firms including Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC for this upcoming summer. I look forward to becoming more educated on their service lines and company cultures while striving for future internship offers. This has been my dream for many years, and I finally have the opportunity to pursue it. This scholarship has helped me avoid struggling under a mountain of debt as I prepare for my future as a successful businesswoman.
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?
With a number of UMD graduates in my family, the University of Maryland had always been at the top of my list of possible universities to attend. As a prospective accounting major, I wanted to attend a school with a thriving, prestigious business school, and the R.H. Smith School of Business filled those criteria and more. The large amount of school spirit was evident upon visiting, and the fun and laughter heard throughout campus was contagious. I could not resist applying to this beautiful university, and I was thrilled to learn that I had been admitted to not only the University of Maryland, but the Smith School of Business and University Honors College as well. My decision was an easy one, and I could not be happier with it.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Wherever I am, I strive to create a positive difference in the world. I will continue to volunteer for causes such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation throughout my life, as well as any other causes that become of high importance to me. Additionally, I have been a camp counselor at Lions Camp Merrick, a camp for children who have type 1 diabetes for the past 2 years. Devoting my time to these children has been an unbelievably rewarding experience for me, and I would like to continue to do similar things in the future. I helped teach the children how to take care of their diabetes, how to have fun with it, and how to allow diabetes to remain a large part of their life without negatively affecting their everyday experiences.
A future endeavor that I would like to partake in is increasing the financial knowledge of high school students. Most graduating seniors nowadays have no idea how to write a check, open a bank account, or even pay bills. All of those tasks are crucial to learn and understand, and I think that if I could help provide education on these topics to young individuals, then they would run into far less financial troubles later in their lives. Education is extremely important and I do not think there is enough emphasis placed on topics such as these in modern classrooms.