"I am the youngest of four children, all of which attended college, from a single parent income. So paying for our education has always been a struggle. However, receiving scholarships has provided me with funds that ultimately lowered my out-of-pocket expenses. The scholarships have eased the amount of pressure that would have been placed on me and my family since the awards ultimately decreased the out-of-pocket costs of attending college. This has allowed me to focus more on my education and extracurricular activities.
Academically, I am a member of the University’s honors program and the Mu Kappa Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha – the national political science honor society.
In terms of my extracurricular activities, I am a member of the University’s women’s soccer team and the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. As an athlete, I get the opportunity to represent the University outside of academics. This has remained a positive experience throughout my time at UMassD. I’ve also joined the University’s student-athlete advisory committee where I serve as a representative for UMassD student-athletes, provide communication between student-athletes, administration, and coaches, and encourage involvement from student-athletes in campus, community, and charity events.
Choosing to continue my athletic career at UMassD has been one of the best decisions I have made. Through these programs I have gained lifelong friends and mentors that constantly provide support whenever is needed."