From my winter class in New Zealand
1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have worked as a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus for two years. This position has been the highlight of my time as a student at the University of Maryland, and I have loved working with my residents and helping them develop into informed and capable students on campus.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship helped to defray the costs of attendance in a winter study abroad program with the Kinesiology Department to New Zealand to study sport, culture, and commerce. The trip included lectures from reputed sport scholars, visits to sporting complexes and team houses, and activities that included hiking, sailing, and learning how to play cricket. I would not have been able to afford this experience without the assistance of the Jerry P. Wrenn Scholarship.
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 of the manifold opportunities this institution was able to provide to me as an incoming student. Initially, I was undecided as to my major at UMD, and my selection of this school was based largely upon its capacity to educate me in a wide array of subjects and classes. Ultimately, it is the people whom I have met during my time here that have made this place special to me, and my favorite part of being a Terp is definitely the feeling of community on and off campus.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Kinesiology this coming fall semester at the University of Maryland. In the future, I hope that my research will help develop assistive technologies and the understanding of human learning in the context of a human machine interface.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Kinesiology major in the School of Public Health, Class of 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite classes at the University of Maryland were undeniably the Anatomy and Physiology courses offered through the BSCI program. I took these classes for the purposes of completing major requirements, but the intimacy of the knowledge that we learned about the human body confirmed my passion for science and how the body functions in the world. I am indebted to Dr. O'Brien especially, who managed to make an 8am class riveting while walking in, without fail, with stilettos and a giant cup of coffee!