2018 Vicksburg-Warren Graduate
Why did engineering interest you?
I became interested in engineering through my participation in 456 Siege Robotics, a robotics team for high school students. Being a leader in this group of people has opened my mind to the possibilities of the engineering field. Interacting with other teams from all around the world has made the challenge of engineering fun. My MSU engineering course only advanced my belief that a challenge can be fun.
How has CTE changed your educational experience and influenced your future path?
My experience in my CTE class ensured to me that engineering was the right path for me to follow. The class offered a slightly different experience from the average high school classroom. The class moved at a rate of speed that it’s students were ready for, so everyday felt refreshing, rather than like a repeat.
What is your favorite experience in your CTE class?
My favorite experience in my CTE class was that it was oriented to be more hands on. Most classes are all tell and no show, which isn’t productive considering that a large portion of people are tactile learners. It is much more helpful to have an instructor walk through spreadsheets with the class instead of telling the class to go figure out how to do something with no guidance.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy being with friends no matter where we are. I particularly like hanging out at the robotics shop, where we all share some common interest. Being a leader in this group has made me more knowledgeable of the workings of the “real world” amongst my peers. Another thing that I enjoy is traveling every chance that presents itself.
What student organizations are you involved in?
I am involved in several student led school organizations. Being the treasurer for my school’s chapter of National Honor Society has been rewarding, as has being a member of Mu Alpha Theta and National Technical Honor Society.
What would you say to another student who is considering taking a CTE class?
If I were to talk to a student considering taking a CTE course, I would recommend that they do it. If they have any doubts that it would benefit them, they should be wiped away. Even if the course turns out to not appeal to them, they have found what they do not what to do in the workforce more solidly than the standard classes would have.
What accomplishment are you most proud of as a student?
My most proud academic accomplishment so far has been the survival of back to back AP chemistry and AP calculus with the two toughest teachers on campus.
What are your future goals and plans?
My short-term plan is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Following this, I plan on joining the workforce, where I will continue working to obtain a masters’ degree.
What was your reaction to being nominated for the Presidential Scholars program?
Being nominated for the Presidential Scholars program was a surprise to me. It truly is an honor to be considered for such an award.