What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
The engineering school at UMD is a highly ranked and talked about program. Wanting to be a computer engineer I knew that I didn't have to look that far away to find a school that would push me and my goals of being a computer engineer. This helps me and my family since I'm a very family-oriented individual and going far away for college would've been very tough.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am pursuing a computer engineering degree. Ever since I was very little I was always asking my family members for their flip phones so I could play games on them. My family would even tell me there were no games on their phone that they knew of, but I managed to find games and play from there. Technology and programming have been big interests of mine and once I knew I could combine these interests into a career it seemed that computer engineering was a perfect fit for me.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I play tenor saxophone in the university marching band and spend a lot of my time outside of classes doing things with the band. I love all things related to music so I would love to be involved as much as I can be. I also play intramural soccer with those from my saxophone section for fun. Other than that I'm a part of the Incentive Awards Program and am very grateful for that opportunity as well and love being a part of such a beautiful and empowering community.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I'm a part of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) and I've already learned about a few basics of cybersecurity and the importance of educating and advocating for cybersecurity since anyone could be affected by malware or cybersecurity threats. The world is becoming very involved with technology and as a future computer engineer, I want to make sure that everything I create is as secure as it can be.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to establish meaningful relationships and a network for my future career. I also hope to learn more about who I am as an individual. I want to experience and learn as much I can about those around me to help me understand my place in this world and how others navigate through this world.
What are your future goals after graduation?
I hope to create my own technology business or at least create pieces of technology that can help save someone's life or keep them safe from various threats like harassment and assault. Another thing I'd love to do in the future is to create a non-profit organization for underserved communities and help minorities like myself especially in the fields of STEM. I never want someone to feel like they don't have an opportunity to pursue higher education because they were never given the chance due to financial constraints or other restrictions.