What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have started getting involved in many different activities on campus. I participate in many events through my Honors College and plan to continue doing so. For example, I volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank and organized a food drive through ILS.
In April 2016, I will be hosting 2 prospective students through the Overnight Stay Program. I am excited to introduce these prospective students to Maryland, answer their questions, and tell them why I am excited to be a Terp!
I have also become a member of the Pre-Vet Society. So far, I have talked to many admissions officers from various veterinary schools, and have volunteered at CatNIPP, a spay/neuter clinic in Washington, DC.
I also had the amazing opportunity to participate in an Alternative Spring Break trip. I travelled to Topsail, North Carolina with 11 other participants to volunteer at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and learn about environmental conservation. This was one of the best experiences of my life, and I loved this trip so much that I applied to be an Experience Leader for it next spring!
I am also a member of the Primannum Honor Society on campus. I am excited for induction in April and am ready to get involved in this organization!
Currently, I am looking for a summer internship in a veterinary clinic and a research position on campus for my sophomore year!
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarships have meant a lot to me. Veterinary school is extremely expensive, and I want to graduate with as little debt as possible, since many graduates find themselves deep in debt. I chose to attend Maryland for many reasons, but one of those reasons was because the in-state tuition was much less expensive than many of my other options. The scholarships I was awarded made Maryland even less expensive and has allowed me to save more money for veterinary school, which I am extremely grateful for!
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite opportunity so far has been my Alternative Spring Break trip called "Terps Helping Turtles". I travelled to Topsail, NC over spring break with 11 other participants. Every morning, we volunteered at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, which was an amazing experience. Each afternoon, we participated in different activities related to our social issue: environmental conservation. For example, we attended talks about the effect of plastics and pollution on marine life, as well as the nesting habits of sea turtles. Overall, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved working with the sea turtles, learning more about how we can help the environment, and bonding with the other participants! I even applied to be an Experience Leader for the trip next spring!