From a young age, my favorite subjects have always been mathematics and science. I discovered my true passion when I was in elementary school when our science preceptor gave us a project for winter break, to make an electric circuit. I vividly remember I was very excited. When I return home, the first thing that came to my mind is to build something that can fly. So, first, I made a rough sketch of my imaginary model and planned which material should I use.
I grabbed some LEDs, wires, ice cream sticks, batteries, cardboard, and an electric motor from my old RC car. I found that work so engaging that it makes me lose all track of time, I also skipped meals to complete my project as quick as I can.
After four long days of commitment and hard work, I finally made a cylindrical framed body with two LEDs at the bottom, an LED, and an electric motor with an ice cream stick as propeller at the top.
The cylindrical frame body looked shipshape with all wiring inside and a switch at front; I also made a small door like opening at the bottom so that I can change batteries.
As you can imagine, it didn’t fly, and I additionally endeavored to bend ice cream sticks at some angle so that it can get some lift, but it didn’t work out. I was very disappointed, and I kept asking myself: Why it’s not flying? What is lacking in my structure?
Next week, when my teacher saw my project, she was very impressed and shocked because she didn’t expect anything like that from an elementary school kid, and my project won the 1st prize.
I wasn’t satisfied at that time, and when my teacher asked me why you are looking disappointed, then I told her that I was trying to make it fly, but I wasn’t able to do so. First, she smiled and said, “Dear to make things fly, it required higher education in the field of Science, so you shouldn’t be disappointed. If you work hard and study well then, I’m sure that in future you will be an engineer or scientist and able to achieve your goal.”
That was a turning point in my life, and from that day career in Engineering has been my ultimate goal. As I became more seasoned, my interest in science continued developing. To explore more, I went to the National Science museum, where cool gadgets, and various kinds of machinery blew my mind. It turned into my favorite spot to spend time during vacation. Watching science fiction movies and TED talks also pique my curiosity.
To achieve my goal, I commence to challenge myself academically by taking the hardest STEM classes offered in my high school, which include Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Studying mathematics at high school gave me a brief prelude to advance mathematics, which includes differential calculus, integral calculus, statistics, permutation and combination, and many more, which avail me to develop the competency to analyze data and enhance my problem-solving skills. Physics has given me an understanding of how principles and theories are applied to practical applications. While in chemistry, I gain lab work experience through conventional experiments, and withal I learned to stay focused and have patience during the experiments. Working in school labs and making projects additionally helped me to supplement my passion for engineering.
Engineers use the scientific principles and their perception to design and discover new technologies to engender a world that has never been. As a student, this is the most exciting part of engineering to me.