I grew up in Ukraine: speaking Russian at home and Ukrainian in school. When I got older, merely reading and learning about the world was no longer enough. I was motivated to start living it. At eighteen I moved to Israel, by myself, and joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). This was one of the hardest, but smartest, decisions I ever made. Words like determination and courage were a part of my daily life in the IDF. However, my drive for higher education never left me. From my time in the army, I realized that my dream was to be a Structural Engineer. Unfortunately, I was faced with fact at that time that Israeli universities do not have those type of programs. Yet, it is not something that would stop me. Therefore, I am now in America finishing my second semester, with 4.0 GPA, on the way to my ‘American Dream’. In approximately ten years, I see myself as a successful project manager for a structural engineering company. I see myself working on big multimillion dollar projects with the best engineers and specialists in the field of construction. I also want to be doing volunteer work: helping rebuild war-torn or battered communities, as well as build hospitals in under-developed countries, and other advancements that will help improve people’s lives. If I were to receive this scholarship, I would use it to become the best Structural Engineer, in order to benefit society.
Thank you for this opportunity.