What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Ballroom at Maryland - dance instructor, Secretary Hillel Reform Jewish Community - Religious Life Coordinator (Fall), Programming Committee (Spring) Temple Shalom - Hebrew school teacher Food & Friends - regular kitchen volunteer, hours vary by week
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship helped me maintain a more sane schedule; I've had to take a very heavy load this year in particular, and having to work enough hours at my job to earn the amount which the scholarship awarded would have left me almost no time for homework, and my grades may have suffered.
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 knew I wanted to major in Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Studies program at UM was ranked one of the top in the country. As I was visiting the various schools that have excellent Jewish Studies programs, I fell in love with Maryland--with the campus, with the Writers' House, with the people, with the amount of opportunities available via classes and clubs that seemed unparalleled in the other schools I had considered.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My long-term goal is to go into Non-Traditional Family Law and help families, particularly families with LGBT parents, that do not get the same legal protection as traditional families do live more easily in today's America.