When I decided upon the engineering path my freshman year of high school, I promised myself that I would create something that would change the world. It may seem like a pretty lofty goal for a fifteen year old, but I was never one to back off from a challenge. However, at the time I had no idea how I was going to do that. There were so many different paths that I could have chosen, and I didn’t find my calling until I joined the Grand Challenge Scholar Program at Arizona State University. In that program, they emphasized the major problems that society faces, one in particular being sustainability.
By now, in our society it is a widely held belief that we need to become more sustainable, so that our Earth is “livable” for as long as possible. Many different sustainable options are being created, but implementing these in our lives is difficult due to the vastness of our population and costs associated with these solutions. When I am an engineer I want to create eco-friendly technology that is realistic enough to use in our everyday lives. Today, we are accustomed to a life-style too destructive for our planet to support, and without proper proactive measures we will wear it out. Someday, I dream of creating sustainable technology that a common household can own while, at the same, is making a world of difference for our struggling planet.