What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I am from Baltimore, Maryland. The University of Maryland has always been one of my top choices when considering universities to attend. Maryland has a great reputation across the country and I was excited to participate in different clubs and groups on campus. My scholarship was also a huge factor in my decision.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am currently pursuing a career in psychology. I would like to become a licensed psychiatrist and work with youth minorities from urban cities like my own. I have always taken a special interest in psychology. Understanding human behavior and how people make decisions is a great tool to have in life. Combined with my desire to serve my community, I decided that psychiatry would be a great way to do both.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class, I like to workout and play football and basketball with my friends. In addition to that I am a peer mentor to a freshman in the Incentive Awards Program. I have signed up to volunteer with a food bank at College Park around Thanksgiving and another organization called A Wider Circle that addresses poverty.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I previously was in College Park Scholars, but I am not in any programs other than the Maryland Promise Program and Incentive Awards Program this year.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I would like to become a more well-rounded person in general. Although the University of Maryland is a predominantly white institution, there are many different cultures and ethnicities represented at College Park that I would like to learn about by interacting with my peers. I would like to better understand what it is that I am passionate about and consider other career paths that I would be happy in. Another important take away that I would like to gain during my time at Maryland would be how to maintain a healthy balance between my work life and social life which is key to a healthy lifestyle.
What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation I will move onto medical school. As an adult I would like to be a little more philanthropic. Homelessness in specific, is one problem in our society that I would like to work to address. Of course I would like to create a suitable life for my future family and my immediate family and friends that have played a big role in my success so far. Along with my friends and family, I would like to give back to the many organizations that I have been a part of. They have afforded me the opportunity to go to college without any added financial stress by nurturing the potential within me.