What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of three reasons: grit, passion, and impact. The university and its professors require students to have the grit to persevere and persist when facing challenges. It is that grit that helps students to overcome obstacles and follow their passion. The university also inspires students to be passionate about their work and the betterment of both the university community and the world. Lastly, I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because it teaches students how to make an impact in the world and work towards creating a more accepting and tolerant community that embraces all of its members.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan to pursue a journalism career focused on magazine publication and feature-writing. I selected this path because I want to help others in the best way I know how - through my writing. I seek to inform and educate people about mental health and, hopefully, let those in need know they are not alone. I want to lighten the burden of someone else's emotional pain and show them how recognizing that pain and understanding our struggles are just as rewarding as it is scary.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I participate in many on-campus organizations such as the Student Government Association - where I serve as the Director of Communications, the Campus Trainer magazine publication - where I am a staff writer, and the Stories Beneath the Shell news publication - where I am a copy editor. Aside from these organizations, I currently intern at the Hyattsville Life and Times, and I'm involved in the university club softball team.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am enrolled in the Self, Media, and Society Scholars Program. The program has provided me a greater understanding of the impact of media on society and taught me how to analyze the way media is used to convey information. My peers and I have learned how to use social media to most effectively spread information, which will aid me in my journalism career to ensure my work is being seen and received on every media facet.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to take away a community of friends that I can stay connected with after graduation. Connections and friendships are extremely important to me and despite coming from different areas, I hope I can keep friendships I’ve made with those I’ve met during my time at Maryland.
What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to obtain a job with a travel magazine publication that will provide me with opportunities to journey around the world and write about unique places and people.