For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by technology, specifically computers. Whenever I had the chance, I would dismantle old computers and put them back together to learn how they work. Eventually, I saved up enough money to build my own computer. It was like a giant puzzle and piece by piece, I could physically see it coming together. I enjoyed the process so much that from then on, I knew I wanted to study something related to computers in college.
Throughout my high school experience, I have maintained straight A’s and made the High Honor Roll each semester. Also, I have been involved in various extracurricular activities. I have been a member of the Technology Student Association since my sophomore year. I enjoyed my experience in TSA so much that I took on the roles of treasurer and president in my junior and senior years, respectively. I developed invaluable leadership skills from my experiences, such as communication and flexibility. Each year I competed in various technological competitions, learning new skills and furthering my love of technology. In 2019, I placed third in the Delaware Technology Student Association Promotional Design Contest.
In addition to TSA, my involvement in the Foreign Language Activity Group beginning my junior year taught me to be more understanding and inclusive. I put these skills to use while volunteering in my community as a member of the National Honor Society, with which I have been involved since my junior year. Moreover, I plan to get involved in similar organizations in college, where I can learn valuable leadership skills that I can put to use while studying computer science in college.
Although volunteer opportunities have been limited in the past year due to the pandemic, it was still really important for me to find a way to give back. With the health of my family in mind, I chose low-risk activities, such as delivering groceries to elderly neighbors, bringing people their mail, and collecting donations for the local food pantry. These activities served as an opportunity to get out of the house, as well as something positive to focus on. Due to the pandemic, there was no better time to give back to my community.
I am excited to begin my undergraduate education in the field of computer science. A degree in computer science will allow me to master programming and computational methods; these skills will help me later on in my career. I am thrilled to learn more about computers, including the many different programming languages. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I plan to continue my education and achieve a master’s degree. Eventually, I hope to secure a job as a software engineer.
Although my career choice does not relate to construction, I feel that I am a worthy applicant because I am hardworking and driven. I know that I can succeed in my studies, but financing my degree is an obstacle. My family has never had much; with a single mother and two siblings in college, there have been times in which we did not know if we could afford to eat. I plan to work over the summer to save up as much money as I can, but I will likely have to take out student loans. Any financial assistance would be greatly beneficial. With help from the Legacy Scholarship Program, I can focus on my challenging classes rather than worry about affording them.