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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I volunteer in CHUM, the CoOperative Housing of University of Maryland; I was previously a Finance Manager for my house and now continue to volunteer my time to upload the consensual based decision structure of CHUM. I also plan on volunteering time towards Terrapin Hackers as a mentor to aspiring students. I hope to offer my knowledge towards networking and UNIX, while learning more from the people who I mentor.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Receiving scholarship through UMD not only allows me to afford "being an adult" and a full time student, but also has meant that my studies are valued by the insitution. I am deeply grateful for the ways these scholarships keep me from endangering my studies through excessive need to work as an employee, and how they have honored my academic path.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Computer Science Major, who is pursuing a certificate of study in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. I am graduating May 2016.
What is your Hometown?
My childhood home was Friendship, Maryland, up until I began grade school. Then, I was living in Red Lodge, Montana until High School, which I then moved back to Friendship, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class by far was the Seminar in LGBT Studies: Queer Futures. It was in this class under Professor Lothian that I discovered Digital Humanities; an emerging field of academia that combines issues of Computer Science and Gender Studies; as well as a few other Humanities and Technologies. Through this class, I developed my own DH experience by creating a game that uses Twitter to construct "Roguelike" dungeons, constructed by trending tweets.