If You Ever Want to Fly

Scholarship Entrant: Alexander from Aurora, Il
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Alexander: 198

A five year old stood in the airport terminal, looking out onto the tarmac. His eyes grew wide when he spotted the fighter pilot in his F-14 just a few hundred feet away. The pilot saw the boy, and did the impossible. He waved.

I want to make a living inspiring people to do something remarkable, just as the fighter pilot inspired my fascination with flight nearly sixteen years ago. I want to be a part of a team that creates something as revolutionary as the automobile, as groundbreaking as the microchip and as innovative as the Space Shuttle. I want someone to remember me, not necessarily as the man who taught them everything they know, but rather as the one who inspired them to learn in the first place.
A career in aerospace engineering would mean I get to spend my time around the things that inspire me. I want to learn how astronauts expand the International Space Station and how jets coast at the edge of our atmosphere at mind-boggling speeds. These are things that inspire me to learn every day. But my dream is to make a living inspiring others.
My only specific goal would be to never lose the spark I have to continue learning. To me, flying is so much more than simply sending an object into the sky. Flying means doing what was once thought impossible.

I want to inspire people to fly. I want others to do the impossible.

Vote for Alexander: 198

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