Design the Future

Scholarship Entrant: Kiante from Oxon Hill, Maryland
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 Kiante: 1

I am a junior at Morgan State University’s School of Engineering. I am majoring in Electrical Engineering, with goals of one day becoming a successful Software Engineer. I am a member of organizations on my campus including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the National Society of Black Engineers. My childhood love for technology and electronics began a dream that I am determined to bring to reality…I will succeed, that is a promise.

A motivational speaker by the name of Brian Tracy once said “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” In 30 years, to consider myself successful, I would like to be able to say that I have accomplished my goals in life. My major long-term goal is to graduate from my college, Morgan State University, with at least a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Technology is continuously advancing, with new and useful innovations that help to improve the world. I would love to be a part of these engineering teams that are helping to improve the world with new forms of technology. As an Electrical Engineer, I look forward to designing and developing these new inventions. I am an incoming junior in college, and I am paving the way to a successful future. I have maintained a GPA of 3.5 for my first semester in college, and a 3.8 GPA on my second semester, making the Dean’s List. Currently, I hold a GPA of 3.5 now. As a result of my exceptional GPA, I received an invitation to join the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and other honors. On my campus, I am also a member of organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers. I plan to work just as hard next semester, so that one day I can reach my goal as an astounding Electrical Engineer-helping to design the future.

Currently, I am taking classes such as Physics, Calculus, and Statics, to help prepare me for my major. Electrical Engineering depends heavily on mathematics skills, so my success especially in this subject is vital. Often, formulas and complex calculations may have to be utilized in order to develop programs and concepts that engineers use. Introduction to Circuits is a class that I took last year, to get a general feeling of electrical engineering. In this class, we used wires, breadboards, and other instruments to measure currents through circuits, and observe how circuits work. I was able to excel in all of my major-related classes thus far, as I am focused to continue to succeed.

In ten years, I see myself as a successful Electrical Engineer for a prosperous engineering corporation such as Northrop Grumman, a global aerospace and defense technology company, which my Pastor actually recently retired from as an Electrical Engineer. It would be an amazing opportunity to be able to serve for other prosperous companies Google or even Apple. However, I am content with starting at a smaller company and working my way up if I have to. Outside of my career as a successful Electrical Engineer, I also have the typical dream of a lovely wife, kids, a Golden Retriever, a nice house, and a BMW in the drive way. I also plan to continue to be active in the church, and serving my community. I believe that these goals are reasonable, and with the right motivation and direction, I can very well make this my reality in ten years.

This scholarship will most definitely assist me financially, and help to cover some of tuition instead of having to continuously take out loans. Being raised in a single parent home, financial struggles are somewhat cliché in my life; however I have always been determined to persevere regardless of my standings. I hope to one day be able to give back to others, just as many individuals have given to me in a time of need. I would earnestly sow a seed in other’s lives, and simply ask them to do the same when they become stable enough. This chain of “paying it forward” would definitely help people to pave the way to their goals and dreams. This is one way that I would use my education to impact social injustice; by assisting those who are less fortunate. Not just financially, but I would also be willing to simply motivate people through my life and success, whether in a seminar full of people, or one-on-one in a small room. If I ever reach a position of authority as an engineer, I would also ensure that everyone is given a fair opportunity to work for me as long as they have the proper requirements; regardless of race, gender, or other socially injustice factors that many of us are judged upon each day.

With my education, I may not be able to change the world alone, but I hope to be able to give others an opportunity to reach their goals, just as many others gave me the same opportunity to do so. I’d like to possibly start a scholarship foundation myself, and even contribute money to build community centers for youth, or others forms of empowerment and distribution of resources and opportunities to the less fortunate. Although I am not stable enough to do any of these things right now, I am still very serious about these plans. I cannot force everyone to treat others justly, but as an individual I can practice fairness and respect each day, with hope that I can make a change in someone’s life.

Vote for Kiante: 1

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