My Own Choosing

Scholarship Entrant: Aaron from San Antonio, TX
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 Aaron: 101

Knowing my purpose in life definitely leaves me with a satisfaction, especially with the fact that I learned it at an early age. Growing up I enjoyed giving back to my community. I get pleasure from knowing I can help someone out somehow in life; whether it is just simply holding the door open for a stranger, or helping someone carry their groceries to the car, I enjoy helping people. Looking back and realizing how much more enjoyable life would have been if someone was there to financially help my family. So being born and raised in poverty for a fraction of my life made me realize how much I enjoy giving to my community. Not having the ideal family life growing up made me realize how much I wanted to give back to my community.
Starting at the time I learned how to get gum from the gumball machine, I would give random kids 25 cents so they could get gum rather than spend the money for myself. At the age of 13, being the youngest member of the Teen Adoration Community Theology Service (Teen ACTS) at my local church, I volunteered one weekend for 4-6 months to counsel local high school kids to help them vent about rough times in their life and find their way closer to the catholic lifestyle.
Annually from elementary until my freshman year of high school, my dad has always asked me the same question. “What do you want to do as a living”? My response was always, “I will find out soon”. That quickly changed when I stepped into an IT class that I chose to be in by my own choosing. Unusually the IT environment is so un-diverted. It was a place I enjoyed being in so much along with the fact we were getting in depth about technology. With just a simple tour of Rackspace with my IT class sparked my desire to work for this company. Their way of customer service stood out to me the most along with the fact they donate so much of their personal time giving back to their community. From landscaping to giving out boxes of food during the holidays, they host weekend study sessions for schools that have cyber patriot teams. The study sessions are repeated practice runs of small networks worked by teams.
Working for Rackspace will not only satisfy my career goals, but also my purpose in life. Being in a company that fulfills my career path but also voluntarily hosting non-profit events satisfies my purpose in life.

Vote for Aaron: 101

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