What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I participate extensively in the Dance Department by dancing in numerous pieces each semester for guest choreographers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. I am also very active in the Student Dance Association, where I serve as Secretary and teach a tap class. Outside of dance, I recently received a position as a Resident Assistant, and am involved in the Residence Halls Association. I am also involved in the Primmanum Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, academic honor societies that participate in community service activities each semester.
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 further my dance education both at the University of Maryland and outside of college. My scholarship has also allowed me to take more leadership roles in the Dance Department.
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 mainly because of the Dance Department. When I visited UM, I had the opportunity to observe a dance class, watch a dance showing, and meet a few of the faculty members. The dancers seemed to be focused, friendly, and hard-working, and the faculty seemed very committed to the program and the dancers. I was very impressed that the department houses a different resident artist every two years and also holds dance residencies each semester. Overall, the department seemed to create a wonderful learning enviroment that would push me to produce my best work and provide me with an outstanding education.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference in the world by touching as many lives as possible and strongly advocating for the arts. I would like to donate money to arts organizations to help get arts into the schools and the community so all people are exposed to the arts at a young age. I would also like to volunteer to help make dance more prominent in the community by performing and teaching in schools or at other outreach programs. In addition, I would like to volunteer for other community causes, and someday form a non-profit organization that supports the arts in my community.