What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I joined pre-vet society, life-sciences scholarship program, a sorority, block and bridle, and research. In pre-vet society, we volunteer to help other organizations with different animals, like accokeek and catnip. I am currently the Vice-President, where I am in charge of planning social events and volunteer events. In life sciences, I found a close group of friends that have similar aspirations. Also in the Life Sciences fundraising committee, we have different events that try to raise money for a philanthropy of our choice, last year it was Tomorrow's Children Fund. I am part of Sigma Kappa Sorority, which allows me to meet a lot of people, while also helping different organizations like the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Main Sea Coast Mission, and Alzheimer’s Research. This year, I joined Block and Bridle, which teaches me more about the agriculture community and about large animals. I also started my research with Professor Keefer, which has pushed me to research and learn about spermatogeneisis and embryogenesis. These opportunities have lead me to meet incredible people, while also helping our society.
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 join clubs, such as Block and Bridle, Prevet Society and Sigma Kappa. Being part of many clubs, has pushed me to volunteer with many places, like the Accokeek farm, Poplar Springs, and Roos2u. It has also allowed me to focus on my studies and enjoy them. I have taken many interesting courses about organic chemistry, animals, and poetry. I have truly enjoyed my journey at the University of Maryland and I believe that my scholarship has helped me to do so.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
On August 15, 2014, my dog Rugby died from epilepsy. He continuously forced me to learn more about his medical problems and how to behave when he did get his seizures. After he died, I promised myself that I would never feel like I can’t help an animal anymore. I want to continuously learn about the best ways to help animals, so I could help any animal in need. By learning and going on the pre-vet track, I want to become either a small veterinarian or a wildlife veterinarian. If I were to go on the wildlife track, I would help endangered species all around the world. So either track I choose, I will be able to help animals in a variety of ways.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Animal Science: Science and Preprofessional. I want to become a veterinarian and will be graduating May 2019.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Rockville, Maryland. I have three siblings: two brothers and a sister.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My first semester during my freshman year, I took two animal science courses and absolutely loved them. I loved the hands on experience and learning about the different ways animals show signs of distress or medical problems. I also learned about the variety of reproductive and digestive tracks of animals. During my second semester of freshman year, I loved organic chemistry. Although it is challenging, and many people don’t love it, it pushes me to learn more and I am truly engaged with the material. First semester sophomore year, I loved my animal science anatomy class and my poetry class. My anatomy class taught me about the medical problems associated with each area of the body and overall anatomy. My poetry class allowed me to continue to analyze poems, like I used to. It also allowed me to have a class that pushed me intellectually outside of the science field. During my second semester of sophomore year, I started research with Professor Keefer and have enjoyed learning how to use different tools in the lab and about spermatogenesis.