1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
First and foremost, it has been a truly humbling honor. I have never been called a Visionary Scholar before, and certainly never in such a formal capacity. Scholarships like these are resources for morale as well as finances, and it is heartening just to know that someone considers my work and education to have value.
But I also cannot downplay the impact of this scholarship on my bank account. I hope to take my academic career all the way to a PhD, so every dollar saved in tuition now promises tremendous gains down the road. So, though the scholarship description may read differently, this was not a one-time award; the generosity of this grant extends far past the the office of the bursar, as it bleeds through to each next step in my career in academia.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
This is a question that I often have trouble answering. Many of my friends seem ready and poised to begin their world-saving missions, and I do not share their zeal. I tend to hesitate before trying to answer questions like these.
But I think that my world-changing work will be done in these hesitations. The work of philosophy, the work of literature, is largely involved in attending to the large impact of small actions. The impact, for instance, that a too-quick or too-simple answer has on the problems of a vast and complicated world.
I will not be involved in the implementation of solutions, or even necessarily the development of them. But as people begin to ask themselves how they will make a positive difference in the world, I hope that I will have played a role in encouraging them to think about their answer.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
As a member of the class of 2016, I will be graduating in the spring of that year.
What is your Hometown?
I spent most of my high school years in Silver Spring, Maryland, and it was from a Silver Spring high school that I graduated; but I am from a State Department family, and spent most of my childhood abroad.