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Professional Statement

Most of my academic confidence originates from my strong study habits that I have developed over the years. I hold a personal belief that any individual can come to appreciate various studies if enough time and effort are placed upon the understanding of that material. I first adopted this perspective when I began to question the importance of using Pi (?) in a homework problem for Geometry. Guided by a strong personal curiosity, I researched online and discovered a deeper meaning to the symbol. This one concept alone dramatically changed my outlook on math, and inspired me to explore numerous mathematical concepts that I had previously encountered in search of a deeper and complete understanding.

My new found fascination with math led me to Physics, which uses mathematical concepts to study and predict how the physical universe functions. Suddenly, I began to look at physical phenomena in a new way, wondering what I could possibly do with it. Knowing my own creative personality and my interest in mathematics and physics, I decided that engineering would be my most likely field of study. Inspired by the impact that ingenious inventors like Nikola Tesla had on the 20th century with his creation of alternating current and remote control, I was motivated to do the same for this century.

In 2010, I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to attend Saint Augustine?s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and major in Engineering Mathematics. There I have strived not only to pass the courses, but also to understand their essence and appreciate it so that I can use it to create tomorrow?s technology. After I obtain a bachelor?s degree in Engineering Mathematics, I plan to go to graduate school for Applied Physics to research in cutting edge discoveries and advancements that will push the boundaries of impossibility.

In the summer of 2011, I participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ocean, Marine, and Polar Sciences (REU OMPS). The research involved the comparison of crevasse density and strain rate maps on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS). This required the construction of an algorithm capable of detecting crevasses, which are cracks on the surface of ice sheets, and constructing a crevasse density map that would be compared to premade strain rate maps. Thanks to the NSF-Science and Technology Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) REU program held at the ECSU campus, I gained a considerable amount of knowledge about how research is conducted and its importance within that field of interest. The virtual nature of CReSIS made it possible for me to be mentored by scientist and educators in 3 campuses (KU, ECSU, and IU).