What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I devote a large portion of my time to the Maryland Leadership Education and Development Program (M-LEAD), in which I serve as a Program Lead. In this capacity I work to help develop curricula for leadership development workshops, facilitate these workshops, and ultimately deliver feedback to co-facilitators on their facilitation roles, so as to further their development as well. This position has built y confidence, expanded my "Family" on campus, and really showed me what I personally am capable of.
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 settle in and find my "place" on campus. It is incredibly difficult to divide one's time between classes, extracurricular activities, personal health, professional development and social desires, while also being concerned every evening about where the money to attend this school and have all of these amazing opportunities is going to come from. This scholarship has therefore helped to significantly reduce that added financial stress from me, so that I can focus on the important aspects of my personal, academic, social and professional development!
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 the campus is beautiful, it is right next to DC, and it is hard to beat the atmosphere of acceptance and positivitiy that exists on this campus!
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I have come to realize through my time spent in the Leadership and Community Service Learning Office in Stamp, that while I may not be able to personally affect change on a global scale, I am perfectly able to change someone's world. In every interaction we have, we impact others. It is therefore through my awareness that my words and actions have meaning and have an impact, and being cognizant of that impact at all times, that I will be able to change some's world, and, by extension change the world. Remember: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step....". I have learned to really internalize this message by Lao Tzu.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Sophomore, studying Agricultural and Resource Economics. I have two minors, one in International Development and Conflict Management, and a second minor in Leadership Studies. I will be graduating in Spring 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Kendall Park, New Jersey.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One of my all-time favorite organization I am actively involved in is Colleges Against Cancer. This student group coordinates fundraisers that all benefit and raise awareness for the American Cancer Society. Cancer has had a personal impact on my family, and therefore I decided to become actively involved with College Against Cancer my Freshmen year. I currently serve as the Logistics Chair on the Executive Board for the group. In this capacity I have been working hard all year to plan our largest event, Relay For Life, which takes place over the course of 12 hours one weekend in April each year. This organization, while chaotic and hectic at times, like all organizations, has really become like a family to me. It is never easy to coordinate such a large event, but doing so with the support of so many truly great peers has been an eye-opening experience for me!