What have you learned that's made a difference to you?
Something I've learned in the last few years is that my surroundings do not necessarily define me. I have the ability to make a positive impact in any environment or community.
I came to UMass Dartmouth from a high school where I was most involved in everything from sports, to music, to academic clubs. When I first enrolled here I held back, thinking this was too big a place, and I couldn't possibly do anything great: I was only one person. Slowly I began to join clubs on campus and learned to carve my own path.
I've realized that with passion, drive and ambition, it does not matter where you are; it's the kind of person you are that leads you to success.
What has been your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge has been learning that you can't plan every detail of your life.
Tell us about a great experience or opportunity you've had here at UMass Dartmouth.
The greatest experience I've had at this university is founding the National Society of Leadership and Success UMassD Chapter. It introduced me to so many intelligent, ambitious, and successful people, and inspired me to remember my talents and go after a career that I will truly love.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
There are always going to be challenges and setbacks in life. This is the first time most students are on their own and 100% accountable for their own well-being and success. Just remember that failures are not the end all and be all—they are simply lessons learned. Those who succeed are the ones who learn from the failures and continue to push forward.
Who's your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Raymond Laoulache truly understands what it means to be an educator; he has high expectations for all of his students and makes the effort to teach according to the needs of his students. No matter how busy he is—if you are serious and you want to learn—he will find the time, whether it's in the office, after class, or answering emails.