What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Being a recipient of the K.Y. Sih Endowed Scholarship has made me more free to pursue my interests and passions without such heavy financial burdens associated with attending a four-year university. I am free to search for internships over the summer and choose the opportunities that I am have more passion for and give me more experiences rather than more monetary gains. This summer, I will be interning at Michael Best, an intellectual property law firm in Washington D.C., as part of their EDGE Program. It is an eight week long program in which I will learn how to prosecute patents under the help and guidance of an experienced patent attorney mentor. It is a great opportunity, and I am very excited.
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 first and foremost due to its outstanding engineering program, ranked top 20 in the United States. Secondly, My family resides in Montgomery County, Maryland, so the college was the perfect distance from home. Far enough to make me feel independent, but close enough that I would never get terribly homesick. After spending three years here, the University has become very special for me. Campus feels like home, and I enjoy all the extracurricular clubs and activities just as much as, if not sometimes more, than my academic classes. My favorite part of being a Terp is being able to attend events and make friends with people outside my normal social circle. I can attend suturing sessions and make friends with pre-med students or attend Japanese art galaries and learn more about the Japanese culture and language. These are all opportunities that allow me to expand my knowledge and make friends with people from different majors and professions. I greatly appreciate my university and my time spent here.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
After graduating, I hope to pursue a career in patent law. Combining my Electrical Engineering background with patent law, I hope to use my professional abilities to help the inventors of my community protect their inventions and innovative intellectual ideas. By protecting innovative ideas, I am indirectly encouraging people to be more explorative in their fields and create more to better society.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My name is XiaoXi Zhang, but you can call me Chelsea. I am currently a junior undergraduate student at the University of Maryland - College Park majoring in Electrical Engineering. I am expected to graduate in May, 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I was born in Tangshan, China and came to the United States when I was seven years old. In America, we've moved around quite a lot, usually only residing in one place no more than two years at a time. I've lived in Denver CO, Charleston SC, and three different counties in Maryland: Frederick County, Howard County, and Montgomery County. I had most of my high school career in Howard County at Centennial High School. Now that I am in college, I consider College Park, MD as my hometown.