What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Being an e-mentor for Elizabeth Seton's LEAD program is one of the most important volunteer experiences i have taken part in. I strongly advocate young female students to pursue STEM careers. The percentage of females in STEM fields is incredibly low and as someone that has been told to go for certain careers due to my gender, I know how important it is to have a mentor who encourages, motivates, and guides you to achieve the STEM career you want to obtain.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Receiving this scholarship meant that I made the right choice by switching to computer science. I was hesistant to switch majors due to the fact that I have already spent two and half years as a bioengineering major. I was a highly competitive student in the bioengineering department, and being awarded this scholarship showed me that I was competitve in the computer science department as well. The scholarship gave me motivation and strength to pursue a career in computer science. It plays a huge role in where I stand right now.
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 for many reasons. My brother was attending UMD at the moment, I was close to home, I was able to take advantage of in-state tuition, and UMD was highly ranked in many fields that I was interested in.
I love UMD. There have been so many amazing memories made here with old friends from high school and with new friends from college. That was possible because I got along with other students. One of the reasons why I take pride in being a Terp is because the people here are open-minded and accepting. As a non-white, non-male student, I expected to face some kind of racial or sexist encounters, but that was never the case. Students respect each other's cultures and I, as a minority student, appreciate it wholeheartedly.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I've been a tutor/teaching assistant for many years of my life. I enjoy teaching others and take pride in their growth and success. I am hoping to, one day, create a software that can be run from an affordable machine that teaches children (especially girls) in third-world countries english, math, chemistry, computer science, biology, and more. I want to give them the opportunity to thrive to become who they want to be, a professor, a CEO, or a software engineer like I hope to be.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I majored in bioengineering from Fall 2012 to Fall 2014. In Spring 2015, I switched my major to computer science. Due to the switch, I am expected to graduate in December 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
It's hard to pick out one favorite class. Honestly, I enjoyed every CS class I have taken. My understanding of computer science field expanded greatly every time I attended a lecture for a CS class. Our ability to solve all kinds of problems across all different fields is astonishing.