What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Through my time at UMD's Robert H. Smith School of Business, I have learned from and led my peers. Perhaps the most rewarding experience throughout my time at the Smith School has been the LeaderShape Institute. Sixty business school students are accepted for a one week journey to develop visions for the future, learn how to become great leaders, and focus on social entrepreneurship and integrity. Returning to campus after the retreat, I felt more motivated and ready to serve my community.
The Smith School gave me the opportunity to give back, and I have taken the initiative. Since then, I joined the Smith School Women's Society, a club devoted to guiding young women to success within the workplace. I also signed up to advocate for two social justice campaigns on our campus and am currently helping to endorse a party for the Student Government Association's elections.
My International Business degree, and my background in Spanish, will allow me to reach out to others in ways that, I hope, will foster long term prosperity for those around the world. And thus, from October 2014 until December 2015, I worked at the World Bank, in order to begin my career in providing foreign service. At the World Bank, I edited international procurement stories for online publication, assisted in the creation of multimedia releases, and learned every day. Through my time there, I discovered there is a multitude of action plans that can encourage inclusive growth – and I know that, with my experience and my dedication, I can be a source of positive change.
Most recently, I traveled to Haiti with the UMD chapter of the international charitable trust, Humanity First. There, I created lesson plans and taught over 200 young students in a remote village in the mountains. Returning to campus after the weeklong service trip, I signed up to be the Chair for Local Community Service for Humanity First UMD, and I am excited to explore what more I can do for my community. Creating a positive change around the world is what I want to do in the future, and I am enthralled to take part in this work today.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has enabled me to expand my horizons and extend my studies beyond just my community at UMD.
October 2014, I was able to take an internship position at the World Bank, which I continued for seven months, and was then offered a part-time position until December 2015. My experience at the World Bank was wonderful; I learned so much, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. Without the generous donation of my donor, I do not know if I would have been able to afford both school and an extracurricular internship at the same time. None of this would have been possible if not for the magnanimous scholarship I received.
My scholarship allows my attendance at UMD to be more financially secure - it lessens the burden on me, as well as my family. Because of this, I was able to apply for an international service trip to Haiti, where I taught young children in a remote village for one week. Knowing that my attendance at UMD is more secure because of my scholarship allows me to reach the horizons of my capabilities. It is truly making a difference in my life right now, and eventually, in the lives of those I hope to serve.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My passion for helping others started years ago. Through UMD, I realized my passion was leading me into foreign affairs and international service. It is my goal to work in a sector providing foreign aid or implementing foreign policy.
I have had a glimpse of my future through the various service organizations I have worked with in the past: the World Bank, the American Red Cross, the Grassroots Foundation, Humanity First International, the Horizon Council, and more.
And thus, my academic success will not benefit only myself. Upon the completion of my academic career, my work providing for others through international aid can truly begin.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am currently a junior International Business major, with a minor in Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures. My expected graduation date is May 2017.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Columbia, Maryland.