What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time at Smith I was able to volunteer with the Greater Chicago Food Depository while traveling for my summer internship. Without the Smith school's career preparation services and job fairs I would not have been able to have such an amazing internship. My volunteer experience was very impactful because I was able to volunteer with my fellow interns. It was a great bonding experience over a meaningful cause and made me proud to be working for a company with strong values that is focused on giving back to the community. Additionally, during my coursework I have had the privilege of acting as team leader on multiple group projects. These projects have shown me the value of working in teams and the added potential that is possible when putting more than one head together. From these projects I have also been able to excel my leadership and communication skills while mastering patience, empathy, confidence, optimism, and learning how to inspire
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has meant the world to me. I never in a million years would have believed that I could be as fortunate as I have been. I continue to be in disbelief because there are so many worthy and amazing students at the University of Maryland and I am touched and blessed to be considered one of them. I am thankful everyday for this scholarship and view it as one of the best gifts I have ever received. The ultimate way in which it has enabled me has been in asserting my independence. I have always wished to be able to live on my own almost immediately after graduation and have an exciting job that enables me to pursue my hobbies and travel. It is very important for me to be able to have an independent adult life and this scholarship will enable me to do so. The fear of outrageous student loans that would have crippled my chances of having my immediate independent experiences are now gone. I am now able to financially plan ahead for my future. Because of this scholarship I will be able to move to D.C. for my job, buy a new car, pay off my student loans in one year, and transfer to New York within five years. Thank you for the opportunities you have given to me.
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 because it completed the exact vision in mind of how it would feel and what it would look like when I attended a university. I visited many schools that I had applied to but I could never see myself going to any of them until I visited Maryland. I thought Maryland would provide me with an environment where I knew I would fit in. Also, as a business major, it was very important for me to attend a highly ranked business school. The Smith school had such a wonderful and prestigious reputation that I knew it was the place for me. When I attended orientation I knew I had made the right choice because the culture was exactly how I hoped it would be.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I want to make a positive difference in the world by spreading optimism and a positive attitude. I think this is something that is a very basic concept but extremely hard to achieve because having an ever positive and cheerful frame of mind is essential. I realized the importance of optimism and positivity a few weeks ago when I had a manager at my part-time job give me a very surprising compliment about my positivity. Because of this compliment I believe that one person can change the attitudes and feelings of others. Having optimism, an ever-present smile, and uplifting energy can bring a smile to someone's frowning face, make them feel better when they are down, and even bring happiness into their lives if only for a few moments. I believe that this quality is one of the most understated and overlooked qualities, but when present it cannot be ignored. I hope that one day my positivity and energy will touch everyone around me in such a way that makes an impactful difference in their lives and their happiness.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a double major in Marketing and Business Managment graduating in the spring of 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I have lived all over the country and cannot consider one place my hometown. Over the course of my 21 year old life I have lived in 5 different states and plan on continuing the journey to other states in the future. If I had to pick one place as my hometown I would choose Keller, Texas. Keller is right in between Dallas and Fort Worth Texas. I had some of the best experiences and opportunities in my life while living in Texas and have a great deal of family who reside there as well. I like to visit a few times a year to catch up with old friends and see my Mom who currently still resides there. I definitely believe in the saying "home is where the heart is," and my heart certainly goes out to my mother every day.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class at the University of Maryland was Create the Future through Systems Thinking and Design. I loved this course because it was designed the way I hoped that all courses would be designed in the future. I do not believe that tests are an accurate way of measuring a student's full competence or their potential, the same way I do not believe a resume can measure if a person should get a job. In the case of the resume, there is a coupling interview that ultimately determines the selected candidate. However, while taking a test there is no coupling method to help determine if your grade is accurate based upon your actual knowledge or abilities. In Create the Future through Systems Thinking and Design there were no tests; our major grades involved detailed 30-35 minute presentations that consisted of a multi-faceted presentation approach including powerpoints, role-play, and class activities/games. This style of presenting was amazing to be a part of and to watch. This class was the embodiment of creativity in a business setting. In this class we created innovative ways of getting students involved on campus such as having students filling out personality surveys that will match them with other students to form groups. The groups would be able to attend school events together and bond. The groups would change for each event because the amount of students designated as one personality would be too large for the six member group limit. Students involved in the program would have wristbands that would glow a color and designate your personality. When you passed people on campus with the same personality the wristband would notify the student with a blinking glow and encourage conversation. In this class we were also able to create our own product or business ideas based upon needs that we saw recurring day-to-day. We were graded based on creativity, ability to fulfill a need, the viability in the community, our implementation strategy, and if the product or business could actually work or be pursued later on. I really enjoyed being graded on my ideas and how I expressed them, and learning so many interesting ways at going about devising the right future for me.