I am a simple, small town girl who loves to spend time with my family.
This past summer my father, brother, and I took an emergency road trip to visit my grandmother. Recently, my grandmother became terminally ill from cancer. As we went on the long drive from Florida to New York, we spoke about many different topics and I observed how easily the scenery changed throughout each state, the marks of construction and city life becoming more evident. I realized that my desire to become an engineer could be put to so much good use.
As I watched the road I saw the toll of everyday traffic and the damage it causes to the world. I admired the buildings, the interesting ways how they were formed and designed, and those that were only remnants of something once beautiful. These observations made me see how easily I could have an impact on the lives around me. I want to be able to build, to shape, to engineer things that can help not only people, but the planet. I thought about water conservation, the best use of land, how buildings affect the lives of people – those who are healthy and especially those who are bound by diseases and sickness.
I think about my grandma and when I finally got to see her. How a simple bed, a wheelchair, something that someone thought of, created, engineered, has made her life, her last days a bit more comfortable and easier. When I spoke with her she smiled. She reminded me how fragile life is.
When I think about the question what a scholarship can do for me, I think not only what it can do for me to achieve my dream, but what it can do for me to help those around me. My degree gives me endless possibilities to bring joy, stability, safety, and happiness to those who need it most. Whether it is being able to ensure clean water, a stable workplace, and safe roadways on our own soil, or spreading that to other countries who need it the most. I know that my education will allow me to fulfill my dream to make a positive change in this world one step at a time.
My daughter wrote this in the summer of 2015 while she worked hard trying to get scholarship money to fund her college education.
I am very proud of her. I am saddened by the fact that my wife and I could not do more to help her. I am relieved that through her hard work, dedication and efforts she has graduated with honors – these academic achievements have helped her go far. She has been accepted by UCF, has received some financial help and has grown to be special person in her own right.
I do hope she achieves all her dreams.
If you have read this far and would like to donate to her college education you can help by purchasing my book:
How to achieve goals, dreams and happiness
She helped edit this book and gave some insightful thoughts to its completion.
Update: Sadly, it is with great sorrow, my mother passed away in Oct 2015 surrounded by her family. Times are hard, but she is not forgotten. Thank you God for the time we had to share with her.