What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been fortunate enough to serve in a number of leadership roles here at the University of Maryland, though one stands out. In my very first semester, I became a Maryland Images: Campus Tour Guide. I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to play an important part in the role of others' lives, and that was a platform to do just that. I fell in love with the organization and applied to serve as the campus' Group Tour Coordinator. Now in my second and final semester in that role, I feel incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity for personal development. Though my role requires about 15 hours of work a week, those hours are offset by the smiles of tour guides that completed tours that I had scheduled. Those hours are offset by the enthusiasm of students after they rub Testudo's nose and see what it's like to be in college. Those hours are offset by the incredibly grateful emails I receive about the fantastic visit experience that groups had. Being a campus tour guide, and serving as a leader within the organization, has reminded me that you have the opportunity to affect others' lives through your work. This is an idea that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I hope to continue to put my focus on others, ultimately making my days better when I witness their joy.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
As an out of state student, I have always had a financial burden on my shoulders. Receiving this scholarship has helped lessen that financial burden and further empower me to take part as an active member of the University of Maryland campus! Although it is wonderful to have this financial burden lifted off of my shoulders, it is perhaps even better that it has provided my parents with greater reassurance that I can emerge as a graduate with minimal college debt. I am forever grateful for the generosity of the Maryland community and humbled by the selflessness that my scholarship's donors have shown in contributing to my education.
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?
At a time when so many dislike what Washington, D.C. represents, I found myself moving to College Park, Maryland, just miles away from our country's executive mansion and legislative body. I love history. I love politics. I love Washington, D.C. There is something incredibly powerful about this city. Its majestic monuments and gorgeous museums. Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, many live in poverty, some even on the streets. Washington, D.C. is the epicenter of American politics, but also a profound representation of both the highest and lowest points of life in America. I came to the University of Maryland not just because I love this school, but because I desired a city that I could help heal. Two years into my undergraduate career, that has not changed. Coming here was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I am incredibly passionate about the power of the individual to change the lives of others and even the world. My heart lies in politics, and I must share a story. Last Summer, I was fortunate enough to serve as an intern for a United States Congressman. This experience was incredibly empowering and thoroughly enjoyable. During my time in that office, I was exposed to the broken hearts of many, from those whose houses had experienced sinkhole damage, to those whose children were lost to drug use, to those who simply had no hope in the institution of government. The United States political system is a broken system. Not a system broken by design, but broken by the lack of empathy that so many display. I have been motivated by that experience to become involved in the political arena to actually help people and care for them. Politics shouldn't be about self-aggrandizement and power. I have no interest in either of those things. I am hope to make a positive difference in the lives of many one day by helping restore American politics to a system that truly works for all people and restores hope to the masses.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Majors: International Business/Government and Politics
Minor: Spanish Language and Cultures
Graduation Year: 2018 (May)
What is your Hometown?