3 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am a leader on my Gemstone Honors Program team, in which we are researching the cognitive processes of violent extremism. My experience and knowledge in managing data and funding has allowed me to emerge as a subject-matter expert. We are finishing our thesis this year, and I am looking forward to the potential advancements it may bring to the field of violent extremism research and prevention.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my coursework. Not having to worry as much about the financial burden upon graduation keeps my mind on my studies. It has freed some funds for me to take short term study abroad trips to London, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
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 UMD because I was initially unsure of whether or not I wanted to purse Engineering or more of a Financial role upon graduation; UMD had excellent programs in both areas. I ended up choosing the financial route because the mathematics involved and potential career paths piqued my interest more than engineering. My favorite aspect of being a Terp is the ability to experience a diverse set of paradigms. Our student body comes from a multitude of backgrounds, permitting a holistically new experience every day filled with new interactions.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a dual degree student studying Accounting and Finance. I am also in the Gemstone Honors Program, currently finishing my thesis. I plan to graduate in May, 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I grew up in Forest Hill in the North Eastern part of Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class was computational finance here at the Smith school. The class provided multiple perspectives for option and derivative pricing, laying out the mathematical as well as theoretical reasoning behind practice. It was the first course I have taken here that succeeded in bringing the two schools of thought together in a manner that struck accord with virtually every student in the room.