Social Entrepreneur, Linguist
Class of 2013
Major: Global Development
Living-and-Learning Program: University Honors
Hometown: New York, New York
High School: Smithsburg Senior High School
Why I chose Honors at Maryland:
Great internship, work, and volunteer opportunities can be found throughout Prince George's County and the greater DC area. There is also a lot of diversity in the UMD student body. During the past three years, my roommates have been from the following locations: California, Pennsylvania, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Uganda/Kenya, Maryland and Texas. I cannot express how thankful I am to attend a university where there are so many different students from all over the U.S. and the world.
Favorite Honors seminar course:
My favorite Honors seminar was HONR288N Global Economic Environment, because the course took a multidisciplinary approach to understanding economic issues on a global scale. The course was full of great discussion, which enhanced our ability to evaluate economic policies. Our professor, Dr. Grimm, was congenial and took all students out to lunch to get to know them personally.
I really enjoy traveling and learning languages. I can speak Urdu, basic Swahili, and basic Arabic, and I will be studying French and Swahili during my senior year abroad. Because the University of Maryland does not currently offer a major in international studies, I decided to create my own major, Global Development, through the Individual Studies Program. Designing my own major was challenging at first, but it was also engaging and exciting. I love the flexibility of selecting my own coursework and taking a diverse range of courses related international economics and politics. The Individual Studies Department is a wonderful place to go whenever I need advice or information on extra curricular activities. I have also had the support of my faculty mentor, Dr. Howard, who has provided me with useful guidance on academic courses. Pursuing a personally designed major is a unique opportunity for any college student to follow their specific interests, and I am glad that University of Maryland provided me with the opportunity to do so through the Individual Studies Program.
My Independent Research and Study Trip to Tanzania had a profound impact on my career aspirations and personal ideals. I have studied global development in my classes and I have learned a lot about HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other development challenges. It was amazing to get a firsthand perspective on HIV and to put a face on the disease and its effects. My future plans are to engage in international work to improve human development. I plan to work in sub-Saharan Africa and I would like to work on socially viable investments that improve living conditions in developing nations.