Ever since I could remember I have been very much interested in computers and what the are capable doing. When it was time for me to enter high school and register for classes, I can remember the first electives that I signed up for, were computer classes. Since that time, my fascination with computers and what they are capable of doing has just grown. I tried to make sure that I took one computer class a yearin high school. When I graduated high school I already knew I was going choose computer science or something related to it as my major. I have to admit when I took that first computer class as a freshmen at Winston Salem State University I was a little unsure if I wanted to continue in that direction. The class was Computer Programming with java taught by Dr. Caldwell. The class was difficult for me in the beginning but she made it fun and always offered to help any time I needed help. Dr. Caldwell made the adjustment easier and stuck with it.

Since then, I have worked extremely hard to maintain an overall GPA greater than a 3.0. My current overall grade point average is a 3.43. Some of my academic achivements making the Dean's List from 2005 to 2008. I have been awarded the National Smart Grant and a Computer Science and Technology Scholarship for my academic excellence. I am a very-goal-oriented-person and will work hard to ensure completion of my goal. That goes for anything, including task and assignments given to me.

The summer of 2008, I was accepted into the Undergraduate Research Program at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. There I was apart of the Remote Sensing Team with Mr. Ernst Wilson serving as our team mentor. Our research project consisted of anaylzing beach erosion and comparing the two techniques used to observe the situation. The location were we chose to analyze this was the US Army Corps Field Research Facility in Duck, North Carolina. We visited the research facility on the June 23. We were given a tour of the facility and the oppurtunity to meet one of the head oceanographers there, Jesse McNinch. We got the chance to sit down with him and discuss the processes they go through daily and the techniques that they use. We learned about the video tower, which has six high-resolution cameras position at different parts of the beach. The cameras take photographs of the shoreline at specific time intervals and then sends the images to the research facilities computers.Then, from there they are entered into a database. The researchers make use of technology devices called a sled, the CRAB, the LARC, and wave rider buoys. The pods are remote controlled watercrafts that submerge into the water to determine wave characteristics, such as the wave height. The wave rider buoy is a buoy that stays atop the water and performs the same task as the pod, but it is mostly used during extreme weather conditions. Once we had a full understanding of what beach erosion was we were able to put it in a visual form. We were able to access the longitude and langitude coordinates for the beach and put them into Google Earth. We compared the shorelines from the year 2002 and 2004. Once the coordinates were put into Google Earth you could see that the shoreline has receded within that time period. So, were able to show visually that large amounts of sand are removed from the shoreline over time.

As far as my future plans go, after graduate school I would like to combine the concepts of computer graphics and web design. These are the aspects that I am interested in most. The two compliment each other well. I feel that this will lead me to starting my own business developing company logos and websites for upstart businesses.